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A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Wikipedia

Another Victim in Facebook Romance Scams: A U.S. Congressman

After battling social media impostors for years, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois wants to force Facebook to do more to combat fake accounts.

Romance Scams - Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois and a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, said scammers had frequently used his image in their schemes.
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In 2015, Representative Adam Kinzinger had an unusual visitor at his constituent office inside a bus station in Rockford, Ill. A woman from India had flown to meet Mr. Kinzinger, claiming that she had developed a relationship with him on Facebook.

“She waited around in that bus station for two weeks for me to show up, and I didn’t,” he said in an interview. “She’s a poor lady, too. It took all her money to fly from India to me.”

The episode was just one of the bizarre interactions that Mr. Kinzinger said he had had over the past decade with women around the world who believed they were dating him.

That is because Mr. Kinzinger, a Republican and a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, is one of what are probably thousands of United States service members who have been ensnared in a widespread fraud that has played out for years on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks and dating sites. Swindlers impersonate service members online to lure victims into false romances and then cheat the victims out of their savings.d he was moved to take action after reading about the scope of the schemes in a New York Times article this week. On Wednesday, he sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, requesting more information about what the company was doing to prevent such fraud on its sites.

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