BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office warns residents after an elderly woman fell victim to a costly romance scam.

According to BCSO, romance scams occur when a criminal takes a fake identity online to gain trust and affection.

Scammers manipulate their victims and ask for money by wire transfer or by asking for account information.

A woman from Hilton Head Island lost more than $150,000 in a recent romance scam.

BSCO says the following tips could prevent you from becoming the next victim of an online romance scam:

  • Be careful of what you post and make public online.
  • Research a person’s profile.
  • Beware if an individual seems too perfect or asks to communicate directly.
  • Never share your financial information or send money to an individual you’ve only communicated with online or by phone.

If you feel like you have been a victim of a scam report details to your local law enforcement immediately.