Thursday, July 12, 2018

FTC Scam Alert: Online love asking for money? It’s a scam.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Carol Kando-Pineda
Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education

While plenty of successful relationships begin online, scammers also use online dating sites, apps, and chat rooms to trick you into sending them money. These impostors create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. 

It's a big problem: reports to the FBI about online romance scams tripled between 2012 and 2016, and impostor scams were among the top reports to the Federal Trade Commission for both the general population and the military community.

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