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Online Dating Scams

Online Dating Scams

Has an online love interest asked you for money? That's a scam.

Scammers know millions of people use online dating sites. They are there, too, hiding behind fake profiles.

Signs of a Scam

  • Professes love quickly.
  • Claims to be from the U.S., but is 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.

Costliest Scam Reported to the FTC in 2019

  • $201 million lost in 2019, compared to $33 million in 2015
  • Reported money losses increased 6 times since 2015

What to do

  • Slow down and talk to someone you trust. Don't let a scammer rush you.
  • Never wire money from your bank account, buy gift cards, or wire money 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 the online dating site, Federal Trade Commission:, and Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Source: ABA


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