Online love scams are more common than you think, and it’s important to be aware of the risks involved. Scammers often create fake online profiles to lure victims into romantic relationships using stolen photos and false information. Once the scammer gains the victim’s trust, he or she may ask for money to cover their expenses (e.g., medical bills, travel expenses, or emergencies). Here’s the bottom line: Be skeptical. If someone you’ve never met in person is asking for money, it’s likely a scam.
Here are some safety tips you can share with your loved ones:
- Always be cautious when communicating with individuals online.
- Never share personal information or send money to someone you don’t know.
- If you think you are a victim of a love scam, report it to the police immediately.