Fraud Alert! Online Dating Scams

Tuesday, February 14 at 08:13 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Don’t get too caught up in the magic of love if you are an online dater.  The FBI recently released a scam alert regarding financial fraud dangers with online dating. 

Mollie Halpern of the FBI says “victims believe they’re in a relationship, but their suitor is actually a scammer who breaks hearts and bank accounts.”  She reminds online daters to remain cautious if someone is asking you for money—chances are it’s a scam. 

The FBI says that the average financial loss per victim associated these types of scams is between $15,000 and $20,000, and for the majority, victims are women.  It’s suggested to date only through large, reputable online dating companies to avoid getting set up with a scammer.

If you’re a victim of a romance scheme, contact the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Source:  http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/online-dating-dangers.mp3/view
 

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