Here are some signs you may be dealing with an online dating scam.If your potential love claims to be in love with you very soon after you begin communicating, this is a red flag, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Here’s how it works: after convincing you to set up a new bank account, the fraudster will transfer stolen funds into the account and then ask you to wire money to another country.
Although text and email is part of the initial getting-to-know-you phase, the Bureau warns that an immediate request should be cause for concern.
This one might seem obvious, but if you’ve been blinded by the rush of what feels like falling in love, you’re likely to do almost anything for your newfound companion.
“Romance scams, also known as confidence scams, result in the highest amount of financial losses when compared to other Internet-facilitated crimes,” Halpern said.
Do what you can to reduce your chance of becoming a victim.