Online Dating Scams
Has an online love interest asked you for money? That’s a scam. Scammers know millions of people use online dating sites. They are there too hiding behind fake profiles.
Signs of a Scam
- Professes love quickly
- Claims to be from the U.S., but is overseas for business or military service.
- Asks for money, and lures you off the dating site.
- Claims to need money for emergencies, hospital bills or travel.
Effects of the Scam
- $220 million has been lost in 2016
- Reports to the FBI have tripled over 5 years
What to Do
- Slow down – and talk to someone you trust. Don’t let a scammer rush you.
- Never wire money, put money on a gift or cash reload card, or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back.
- Contact your bank right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer.
- Report your experience to:
- The online dating site
- The Federal Trade Commission: ftc.gov/complaint
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: ic3.com
Source: FTC.gov https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0560-online-dating-scams-infographic