Dating Scams

Romance Scams on the Rise: Avoiding Getting Catfished

Romance Scams on the Rise: Avoiding Getting Catfished

If you’ve ever been on a dating app or social media site and seen an attractive stranger suddenly appear in your inbox, you might have been skeptical. Anyone can use a stranger’s picture online, and impersonators love to act like they’re someone else to scam unsuspecting victims out of their …

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Scammers Take to Social Media to Expand Reach

Scammers Take to Social Media to Expand Reach

Authorities encourage social media users on apps like Facebook and Twitter to use caution when answering messages and friend requests. Police report that more scammers are turning to social media as an inexpensive way to expand their reach.  “I think there’s a lot for scammers to like about social media,” …

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Soul Mate or Scam? How to Spot the Difference

Soul Mate or Scam? How to Spot the Difference

Online dating is an increasingly common way to meet people, but there are still risks. If you think that the person you’re chatting with might not be who they claim, trust your instincts! Criminals who run romance scams can be very convincing. So-called catfishing is on the rise as scammers …

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How Romance Scams Are Affecting Florida Seniors

How Romance Scams Are Affecting Florida Seniors

Romance scams are increasingly targeting senior citizens, especially those that reside in Florida. The FBI has formed the Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force in order to protect seniors from being scammed by those overseas. Romance scammers will often use misspelled words, refuse to video chat or meet in person, as …

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Romance and Friendship Scams: How to Avoid Them

Romance and Friendship Scams: How to Avoid Them

Sad to say, but there are some scammers out there who will prey on people who are lonely, empathetic, or sympathetic. Nowhere is this clearer than in the romance and friendship scams department. Romance- and friendship-related scams cost Americans almost $150 million last year alone. A romance or friendship scam …

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