Online Romance Scams, Sextortion, and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

A Train-The-Trainer course for those that serve and support adults with IDD.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are increasingly becoming victims of online romance scams and sextortion. In partnership with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, this THINK+change Train-the-Trainer course provides step-by-step instructions, questions, and videos to be used by those that serve and support adults with IDD to provide instruction about online romance scams.

Included in this course are individual video links of Hazel Heckers, a Victim Assistance Coordinator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation providing an in-person training to those with IDD about online romance scams. The individual videos have been edited to review 9 topics including:

  • What is a Romance Scam?
  • Scammers are Criminals
  • What is Sextortion?
  • Who are the Scammers?
  • Anyone Can Be a Victim
  • Predator Tricks
  • How Might You Feel When You’ve Been a Victim of a Scam?
  • What if I am a Victim?
  • Tips to Reduce Risk, Be Safe, and Report

What to expect

  • 90-minute, self-paced, video slide-based presentation;
  • Instructors: Erica Dennison from The Arc of Aurora/THINK+change; with guest speaker, Hazel Heckers, Victim Assistance Coordinator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI);
  • Downloadable TOOLS including a Train-The-Trainer Guide and How To Do A Google Image Search;
  • Closed captioning in English; and a
  • Digital Certificate of Completion for entire course achievement.

Who should take this course?

  • Agencies throughout the United States who serve and support those with IDD, caregivers, and advocates. This training can be used in IDD settings such as day programs, family discussions, residential programming, and advocacy organizations.

This work is made possible through support from Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council, arc Thrift Stores, Developmental Pathways, and The Arc of Aurora.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, medical or legal advice. You should consult your own medical or legal advisors for specific and personalized advice.


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THINK+change Team
THINK+change Team

THINK+change offers solutions-focused training and education that change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). THINK+change is a training and education program of The Arc of Aurora which was incorporated in 1975 as an advocacy organization for people with IDD. Since the inception of THINK+change in 2017, the education program has been a trailblazer in disability education and has trained and brought together thousands of people with IDD, their families, and the professionals in their lives who want to keep up with trends and developments in the disability field and grow professionally. All people with disabilities deserve respect and deserve better.



Course Curriculum


  Welcome!
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  Train-the-Trainer
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  What is a Romance Scam?
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  Scammers are Criminals
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  What is Sextortion?
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  Who are the Scammers?
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  Anyone Can Be a Victim
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  Predator Tricks
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  How Might You Feel When You Have Been a Victim of a Scam?
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  What If I Am a Victim?
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  In Summary
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  Thank you!
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