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Scammers may pretend to be your relatives or friends, urging you to wire money immediately to help them with an emergency.
This video shows some common money wiring scams, and what happens to some people who meet the scams.
Scammers sometimes use online dating sites to meet potential victims. They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. An online love interest who asks for money — for any reason — is most likely a scam artist.
Female VO: Millions of people use dating websites to meet people and develop relationships.
Unfortunately skilled scam artists are online as well. So although your online love interest may seem kind, smart, attractive, funny, and really into you, sometimes it’s a trick.
If you or someone you know is dating online, have fun – but also be on the lookout. An online love interest who asks for money –for any reason – is probably a scam artist.
Scammers try to get you to leave the dating website and instead communicate by e-mail or instant message.
They may claim to be from the U.S., but say they are having an emergency overseas.
Then they ask for money for medical care, for travel, or to pay fees. The requests will keep coming until you stop giving.
So, if an online love interest asks for money, exercise doubt. Check out FTC.gov to learn more.
A tip from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency.
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