Ahead of Valentine’s Day, BBB warns of ‘romance scams’

BBB warns of ‘romance scams’ ahead of Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau warns against romance scams. There are certain steps people can take to protect themselves before going online. According to the BBB, most online dating scams start with fake images – basically of handsome men and women to lure people in, but there are ways to find Check if this image is really of the person you are talking to online. “Images.google.com – insert this photo and what you will detect is where this photo is used, other sites, other places and you might find it. It’s used with different profiles and different people and that’s one of your biggest warning signs,” Barnett said. Scammers will also try to build trust quickly and steer you away from a dating site in order to take your money or your identity.” They’ll say, “I’ve never felt like this before, I’m so in love with you,” Barnett said. They’ll tell you a bad luck story to trick you into sending money or giving out your credit card number.” Eventually they’ll give you plausible reasons why they need the money. They can’t get it quick and they’ll ask you for money,” Barnett said. While knowing what to look for can help, she also said users should check reviews on websites or apps before creating a profile.” Put complaints, reviews, scams and see what others have to say about it. It’s a tactic BBB uses all the time,” she said. Barnett said another red flag is redder, poor grammar or using phrases that sound off. Resources and tips to protect yourself Scams: First make sure the dating site you are using is “legit” If it is an unknown site, type in the name of the website along with the words “reviews” and “scams” “, closely monitoring former users whose site may be fake or problematicUse your credit card to pay for online services and membership. This way you can dispute unauthorized charges if you find yourself on a fake website. Never send money or personal information that could be used for identity theft to someone you have never met in person. Never give anyone your card information. credit to book a ticket to visit you. Cut off contact if someone starts asking you for information such as credit card, bank, or government ID numbers. Ask specific questions about the details provided in a profile. A scammer may stumble over memorizing details or the relevance of a story. Do your research. Many scammers steal photos from the web to use in their profiles. You can perform a reverse image search using a website such as tineye.com or images.google.com to see if a profile’s photos have been stolen from elsewhere. You can also search online for a profile name, email address, or phone number to see what adds up and what doesn’t.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau warns against romance scams.

There are some steps people can take to protect themselves before going online.

According to the BBB, most online dating scams start with fake pictures – basically of handsome men and women to lure people in, but there are ways to tell if that picture is really of the person you’re talking to. in line. .

Angie Barnett, president and CEO of BBB of Greater Maryland, said there are several reverse image sites for doing detective work.

“Images.google.com – insert this photo and what you will detect is where this photo is used, other sites, other places and you might find it. It’s used with different profiles and different people and that’s one of your biggest warning signs,” Barnett said.

Romance scammers will also try to quickly build trust and lead you away from a dating site in order to take your money or your identity.

“They’re going to say, ‘I’ve never felt this before, I’m so in love with you,'” Barnett said.

They will tell you a bad luck story to trick you into sending money or giving out your credit card number.

“They’ll eventually give you plausible reasons why they need the money. They can’t get it quickly and they’ll ask you for the money,” Barnett said.

Barnett said Pew Research shows that 30% of online daters are 50 and over and are likely to lose the most money. While knowing what to look for can help, she also said users should check reviews on websites or apps before creating a profile.

“Put in complaints, reviews, scams and see what other people have to say about it. It’s a tactic BBB uses all the time,” she said.

Barnett said another red flag is redder, poor grammar, or using sentences that just sound wrong.

Resources and tips to protect yourself from scams:

  • First, make sure the dating site you’re using is “legitimate.” If it’s an unknown site, type in the name of the website along with the words “reviews” and “scams”, keeping a close eye on past users whose site might be fake or problematic.
  • Use your credit card to pay for online services and membership. This way you can dispute unauthorized charges if you are on a fake website
  • Never send money or personal information that could be used for identity theft to someone you have never met in person. Never give someone your credit card information to book a ticket to visit you. Cut contact if someone starts asking you for information such as credit card, bank, or government ID numbers
  • Ask specific questions about the details given in a profile. A scammer may stumble over memorizing details or the relevance of a story
  • Do your research. Many scammers steal photos from the web to use in their profiles. You can perform a reverse image search using a website such as tineye.com or images.google.com to see if a profile’s photos have been stolen from elsewhere. You can also search online for a profile name, email address, or phone number to see what adds up and what doesn’t.

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