How does a romance scam happen?
A fraudster creates a fake social media or online dating profile and reaches out to you. They develop a relationship with you solely through online communication and always avoid meeting face to face. The fraudster shares invented tales of hardship, such as needing life-saving surgery or having legal troubles, and they'll ask you for money to help them. After they receive your money, the fraudster will either continue creating stories for more money or will cut off all contact with you.