Don’t get lured in by Catphishing Scams this Valentine’s Day
Edmonton, AB (February 12, 2015): With Canadians losing nearly $14,000,000 to romance scams last year*, BBB urges singles to exercise caution when using online dating sites. From fake profiles to requests for money, online dating opens the window of opportunity for scammers masked as sweethearts to tug on your heart and purse strings.
Catphishing, a common title for online romance schemes, is when someone attempts to establish a romantic relationship with you by gaining your affection and trust, only to lure you out of your hard-earned money.
"People who aren't in a relationship may feel especially lonely around Valentine’s Day, so they turn to online dating sites to make a quick connection," says Ron Mycholuk, Public Relations Manager for BBB of Central and Northern Alberta. "Unfortunately, there are bad people out there taking advantage of your kindness, generosity and hope for a relationship. If you're suspicious about the true intentions of your Valentine, educate yourself on the signs of a catphishing scam to ensure you won't be left broken-hearted and empty-handed."
BBB offers these 10 telltale signs of romance scams:
10. Asking for money - Catphishers are clever and manipulative. If a new love interest asks you for money, or asks you to send or receive money, the answer should always be no, even if you feel close to them.
For more information on romance scams and more, visit bbb.org/edmonton
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For media inquiries please contact:
Ron Mycholuk, Public Relations Manager
BBB of Central and Northern Alberta
Phone: (780) 488-6632 Ext. 233 Toll Free: 1 (800) 232-7298