Internet Crime Complaint Center Issues Alert on Romance Scam

women on phone 300x208 Internet Crime Complaint Center Issues Alert on Romance Scam The IC3, or Internet Crime Complaint Center recently issued their March scam alerts and among them was a romance scam declaring a connection with the IC3.

Consumers filed complaints with the IC3 against a dating site regarding two issues.

The first issue is that consumers were contacted by potential suitors stating they were out of the country and in need of money.  The suitors then claimed they were affiliated with the IC3, and they had been “interrogated and investigated.”

Your BBB warns consumers to never wire money to people they don’t know.

The second issue consumers had with the dating site was the difficulty of cancelling their free membership and never being able to get in contact with the company.

Your BBB recommends the following advice when dealing with free trial offers:

    Get business contact information. Avoid companies that won’t provide basic information, such as the full business name and address.

    Research businesses. Visit www.bbb.org to get a BBB Reliability Report.
    Get information in writing. Don’t rely on verbal promises.
    Read the fine print. Understand terms, conditions, privacy and return policies.
    Use a credit card. They offer more protections than debit cards and other payment forms.

If you have been a victim of this scam, file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov and with the BBB at www.bbb.org.

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