Nancy Cahalen of the BBB warned us about “Romance Scams
Ahead of Valentine’s Day Nancy Cahalen of the BBB warned us about “Romance Scams.” Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money. Online dating and social media have made it easier than ever to meet new people and find dates. Unfortunately, it has made scammers’ work simpler, too. Con artists create compelling backstories, and full-fledged identities, then trick you into falling for someone who doesn’t exist.
Just when the relationship seems to be getting serious, your new sweetheart has a health issue or family emergency, or wants to plan a visit. No matter the story, the request is the same: they need money. But after you send money, there’s another request, and then another. Or the scammer stops communicating altogether.
Here are some of the stories romance scammers make up …and learn the #1 tip for avoiding a romance scam.