10/10 SCAM ALERT
Technology has made it easy to build relationships with friends and family who live far away, as well as to start new romantic relationships with people met online. Many scammers will make fake online dating profiles to get close to victims, build a relationship with them online, and then ask for money to finally meet their love interest, start a new business idea, or claim they are in financial trouble and need help. While many people on dating sites are legitimately looking for love and friendship, please remember that there are many scammers out there looking to capitalize on the good will of loving and caring people. If you haven’t met someone in person, it is never a good idea to send them money, no matter what your perceived relationship with them is might be. Exercise caution when online dating, as it is easy for someone to pretend to be someone else while sitting behind a computer instead of meeting face-to-face.
Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.
Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.