Online Dating Romance Scams

What You Need to Know


A staggering 12% of people who have used online dating platforms say they have been scammed. Some recent examples illustrate how scammers undergo extensive communications with a potential victim. They will use long messages over the course of weeks or even months and then eventually ask for money as an emergency. Here are some tips to avoid engaging with a scammer. Search their images with TinEye or Google Images and use Romance Scams and Scamalytics to identify known scammers. Fact check their backstory through social media platforms and see what comes up in a search engine. It’s always good to tell a close friend if something seems off, they won’t be invested in the relationship and may have good advice.

Learn more about these crimes and how to protect yourself with this article about avoiding a romance scam.

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