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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