Dating service money scams

And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.

They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?

You just have to be looking for love, a search that causes you to be more vulnerable than usual.

Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.

Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.

“That big investment gives victims a false sense that the relationship must be real.” Eventually a pitch for money comes.

Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.

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