ROMANCE SCAM ALERT
This scam involves people you meet online, who lavish you with attention and then ask for money. Usually they want the money by wire transfer or gift card. They might claim they need it for a medical emergency or to come visit you. How do you avoid them?
- Never send money or gifts to a sweetheart you haven’t met in person.
- Take it slowly. Ask questions and look for inconsistent answers. Check the person’s photo using your search engine’s “search by image” feature. If the same picture shows up with a different name, that’s a red flag.
- Talk to someone about this new love interest and pay attention if your friends or family are concerned.
Report any scams to ftc.gov/complaint.