If you are looking to start a new relationship, your BBB® would like to point out the fact that you can never be too careful when it comes to your heart and your money. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, scammers will try to bank on your desire to find a partner, so please make sure to do your research when starting an online relationship.
The Better Business Bureau receives hundreds of reports every year from people who sent money to online love interests only to never heard back from them again. If you are in an online relationship:
- Be wary of people who don’t want to video chat with you. They might be using someone else’s picture in an effort to get your attention and your money.
- Plug their name into your browser and try to do as much research as you possibly can.
- Don’t send money to anyone that you haven’t met in person! You may think you know everything about them, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- If you’ve been scammed, contact your bank (if you wired the money), the BBB and file a complaint with the FTC.
Also, the FTC and the American Bankers Association Foundation put together an infographic to help you identify romance scams. Here are some tips and tricks to help you tell the difference between a true love interest and a scammer looking to get money out of you.
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