Romance Scams

February 11, 2021

The FTC has seen a 50% increase in romance scams since 2019, and this problem has only increased during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Learn how to spot a scam, as well as what to do if you think you’ve been scammed, by reading the information below.

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.

What to do
1. Slow down – and talk to someone you trust. Don’t let a scammer rush you.
2. Never transfer money from your bank account, buy gift cards, or wire money to an online love interest. You won’t get it back.
3. Contact your bank right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer
4. Report your experience to:
– The online dating site
– Federal Trade Commission: reportfraud.ftc.gov

Learn more about romance scams and what you can do to prevent them at ftc.gov/imposters