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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free presentation in your community.