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A dating scam cheated a singer of $1 million; how she’s fighting back | #DatingScams | #LoveScams | #RomanceScans | #hacking | #aihp

Liza Likins, who sang backup for such music icons as Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt, was lonely and depressed after her husband, Greg, died in 2020. 

When a handsome blond-haired man who resembled her late husband of 23 years started messaging her on Facebook, Likins rebuked him for four months.   

But eventually, Likins was lured into a relationship with “Donald,” who worked mining gold in Australia.  

“I fell in love with this person; deeply, deeply in love. It was almost 2 ½ years of this going on,” said Likins.

Or so she thought.  

Instead, Likins gave more than $1 million to a romance scammer – someone who convinced the singer he was in love with her, and he would join her in Las Vegas.  

“Now I know that he is a criminal. I know he’s a major criminal who preys on lonely, widowed women,” she said. 

In 2023, consumers lost $1.14 billion to romance scams, which bilk people out of money for love, according to new information released Friday by the Federal Trade Commission. There have been a total of 64,003 cases reported in 2023. Both numbers are down from 2022 and 2021, but “are still very high compared to other types of scams, reflecting that it continues to be a significant issue,” the FTC said. 

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