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American Citizen Services is contacted daily regarding financial scams originating from overseas.While such schemes have long existed, the advent of the internet has greatly increased their prevalence.

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The art student will then pressure you to buy their artwork and will demand some sort of compensation for their hospitality before you leave.

Internet Dating and Romance Scam A person you meet online claims to live outside of the U. and professes friendship, romantic interest, and/or marriage intentions over the Internet.

All types of advance-fee scams have one point in common - the targeted person is led to believe that he or she has a chance to attain something of very great personal value (financial reward, a romantic relationship, etc) in return for a small up-front monetary outlay.

As a general rule, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Individual Americans have lost considerable money on these scams, ranging from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.