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Indianapolis, Ind. – With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, make sure to be informed about anyone you might meet online so you don’t fall for a romance scam. Better Business Bureau® serving Central Indiana encourages consumers to be aware of what is happening around you and to look for specific warning signs.
A relationship scam can start simply. Two people meet online, usually through a dating site. They email, trade pictures, talk on the phone, and soon they’re making plans to meet … and maybe even get married. But as the relationship appears to get stronger, things start to change.
Dating sites offer convenience and anonymity, which is just what scammers need. You may feel you get to know someone through photos, email or chatting, but it’s easy for the person on the other end of the keyboard to conceal the truth. Many people find true love via online dating sites, but there are red flags to watch for that may indicate you’re dealing with a scammer.
“These particular scammers are playing with people’s emotions,” said Tim Maniscalo, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Central Indiana. “Keep an open mind, and watch for indications the relationship is turning into a scam.”
Better Business Bureau is urging people to know the warning signs of “catfishing,” or romance scams. Be wary of anyone who:
To find out more about scams and to read up on the latest, check out BBB Scam Stopper.
Start with someone you can trust. Visit indy.bbb.org. To check the reliability of a company, visit indy.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews, and to find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org/indianapolis/accredited-business-directory/.
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