Credello: how to protect yourself from love scams

NEW YORK – April 22, 2022 – (Newswire.com)

People are very vulnerable when it comes to romance and scammers see it as an opportunity. Indeed, many people are looking for love and some of them may not know to be careful of online hoaxes.

Although everyone deserves love, you should be aware of scams and what to watch out for. We will discuss how you can protect yourself from these situations right now.

Why should I worry about romance scams?

The main reason you should be concerned about romance scams is that you may not immediately realize that someone you are communicating with online may have bad intentions. Maybe you have other things in mind, like paying off debt vs saving. If so, this is a situation where someone may try to take advantage of you before you realize what is going on.

Romance scams

Some people use the terms “romance scam” and “Valentine’s Day scam” interchangeably. The FBI talks about romance scams and warns the public to watch out for them. They define a romance scam as an occasion where a criminal tricks an individual into thinking they are in a romantic relationship, but then this bad actor tries to take advantage of it.

Usually the purpose of one of these scams is to get the victim to send money or gifts to the perpetrator. The criminal may also try to solicit personal financial information from the victim, such as having them reveal a credit card or bank account number.

Spot the scams

A romance scam can take many different forms, but there are some warning signs you can watch out for. For example, if you meet someone through a dating site and they immediately try to contact you outside of that site, this may be a red flag. You can also meet through one of these sites or applications someone who very quickly asks you for material goods or financial assistance when you have never met them in person.

If the person you meet online has some kind of personal crisis and needs money from you to resolve it, it’s probably a scam. They might say meeting you was “fate,” or they might claim to be from the United States, but are now traveling or living abroad. It’s a practical cover story because it’s harder to meet them in person.

Beware of Valentine’s Day

Again, we have to point out that a romance scam can happen any time of the year, but there is more activity like this around Valentine’s Day. If you’re trying to connect with someone online this time of year, there’s no reason not to enter into these interactions in good faith, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Beware of people asking for money or goods without meeting you in person. If they have a sudden crisis very early in your communication that they need money to resolve, it’s almost always a scam.

Trying to communicate with you immediately outside of a dating site should also put you on your guard. Also, be suspicious when someone says they are a US citizen but are traveling or living abroad. It’s not inconceivable that this is true, but criminals often use it as cover. The best rule of thumb? Never reveal personal financial information to anyone you do not know intimately.

If you pay attention to these warning signs or behaviors when trying to connect with someone, you should be able to enjoy this special moment happily and safely.

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