A relationship scam starts 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 to get married. But as the relationship 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 at 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.
Better Business Bureau® is warning singles to know the warning signs of “catfishing,” or romance scams. Be wary of anyone who:
Sends you emails containing questionable links to third-party websites. Third-party links can contain malware that’s designed to steal personal information off your computer. Scammers may use third party links that look credible, but in reality, they only link to viruses that can lead to identity theft.
Start With Trust. To find out more about scams and to read up on the latest, check out BBB Scam Stopper. And for more consumer tips and information, visit bbb.org.