CHICAGO (WLS) -- There's a new scam alert about "pig butchering."
The term refers to a heavily scripted scheme to "beef up" their victims' egos before taking everything they have.
It all starts when you receive a mysterious text. The criminal may pretend to be an acquaintance or relative to earn trust before offering "investment opportunities" or requests for money.
Scammers may even look up information about you online to be more convincing.