I know I usually stick with the funnier stuff here, but we have a new recvord for the highest dollar amount stolen in a romance scam. A man in Illinois lost $200,000 to a Nigerian scammer. They had known each other for 2 1/2 years, so he must have felt safe sending her money.
Another disturbing find from this story is the increase in online scams in recent years. In 2008, the figure was 265 million dollars. In 2009, that number jumped to 559 million. in 2010, it skyrocketed again, to 1.7 billion. It's virtually impossible to get the money back that was already stolen, but we can beat these people!