Lots of people meet friends and potential love interests online through dating sites, social media, or mobile apps.  It can be a great way to meet people, but recognize that not everyone is who they say they are online.

Beware of the Romance Scam!

It’s a red flag if the person:

  • Wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal email or instant messaging to communicate
  • Professes love too quickly
  • Claims to be from the US but is traveling or working overseas
  • Plans to visit, but cancels at the last minute because of a traumatic event or a business deal gone sour
  • Asks for money for a variety of reasons (travel, medical emergencies, losses from a financial setback)

Here’s what you can do:

  • Cut off contact right away if you suspect a scam
  • Don’t wire money, send cash, or put money on a gift card for someone you only have an online relationship with
  • Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1 877 908 3360 i9f you have questions or think you or a loved one has become a victim

There’s more!  Request a top frauds and scams presentation from AARP New Hampshire.  We have a volunteer corps of fraud fighters dedicated to educating Granite Staters on the three Rs of fraud:  recognize, resist and report.  Send us an email at nh@aarp.org to schedule a free presentation in your community.