Tips for Avoiding Online Dating Scams
Social media networks and dating websites have become increasingly popular tools for meeting and communicating. Unfortunately, fraudsters have capitalized on this trend and often create fake profiles to lure in victims, establish romantic relationships and eventually, extort money.
According to the FBI, over $220 million was lost in 2016 to online romance scam artists. Older Americans in particular have been targeted by this type of scam.
While online dating can open doors to loving, happy relationships, FTSB is receiving more and more reports of criminals using these platforms to take advantage of unsuspecting users. We recommend approaching these relationships with caution so you don’t end up with a broken heart and an empty wallet.
If you’re concerned that you or a loved one are being scammed, take the following precautions:
- 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 reloadable 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: