Thursday, February 17, 2022
Click the image above for a PDF infographic about Online Dating Scams from the ABA Foundation.
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 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. Plans to visit, but can't because of an emergency.
Costliest Scam Reported to the FTC in 2020 → $304 million lost.
From $75 million in 2016 to $304 million in 2020: reported money losses increased 4x since 2016.
What to Do
- Slow down - and talk to someone you trust. Don't let a scammer rush you.
- Never transfer money from your bank account, buy gift cards, or wire money 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 and the Federal Trade Commission: ReportFraud.ftc.gov
Learn more at ftc.gov/imposters
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Article by: Jessica SlaughterTags: Safety Tips