shutterstock_314338142_online_dating_romance_scamAccording to www.scamguard.com, Online Romance/Dating will be one of the top 10 scams of 2016. Don’t fall victim to fraud. Look for warning signs.

Answer these questions to check for Online Romance/Dating warning signs:

  • Have you been on a dating or social media site in the past 6 months?
  • Has someone fallen in love with you rather quickly?
  • Do they immediately want to leave the dating site to use IM, email or text?
  • Do they claim to be from the U.S. but working/traveling overseas?
  • Has someone asked you for money, to cash a check, send/receive a wire?
  • Have they planned a visit but something came up to prevent them from visiting?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be falling victim to an Online Romance/Dating Scam.

How the scam works:

  • Online romance scams try to lower your suspicions by appealing to your compassionate or romantic side
  • Scammers play on emotional triggers to get the victim to shell our money, gifts or to “help” them.
  • Fake profiles on internet dating websites and social media are created to lure victims.
  • Scammers will go to great lengths to gain the trust of the victim. Scammers will share personal information, send gifts such as flowers and candy baskets.

Have you been scammed?

  • Immediately cease all contact with the scammer! Block and/or ignore all communications
  • If you have received and/or sent money contact River City Federal Credit Union immediately
  • Make copies of all communications, money transfers, and receipts. Keep a copy for yourself and bring a copy to the credit union.
  • Report the scam to the dating site you meet the scammer
  • The scammer will usually say that the bank/credit union/law enforcement is lying or don’t know what they are talking about.

Don’t be scammed!

  • Never send money to someone you have met online
  • Stop all communications with the scammer
  • Contact the credit union immediately
  • Keep all communications, receipts for evidence

Resources

These links are for information purposes and will lead you to sites outside of rcityfcu.org.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/6-red-flags-of-a-romance-scam/

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0004-online-dating-scams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQLMexuA0aU&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Igmt6PsgIA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IK4ZJi8nSY

 

 

 

 

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