According 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?
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
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