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HOW TO IDENTIFY A SCAM?
Any of the following behaviors should raise concerns that the person you are interacting with is a scammer:
::: Long distance relationships :::
- If you do come into contact with someone who is living in another city OR COUNTRY and can’t afford a plane ticket to visit, consider your options carefully.
- We advise that you never send money to anyone you have met online.
- If you have been in touch on email and phone, and you would really like to meet.
- We suggest you meet somewhere neutral or else if you are prepared to take a chance and meet someone in another state or city, visit them and pay your own way.
- Never send money to anyone that wants to visit you.
::: Declarations of love :::
- If someone you are in contact with starts declaring their love for you within a matter of weeks (or even days), be cautious.
- This is a RED FLAG and hints that you are talking to a scammer.
- The emails may be long and romantic, so be careful to use your best judgment.
- If you are unsure, get a second opinion from a friend or suggest a phone call with them to help you make a decision about this person’s intentions.
::: The age of the member :::
- Are they young and good-looking or out of your age range (such as younger by 20 years?
- This could be a scammer.
- Scammers target older victims.
::: Requests for money :::
- Beware of any mention of financial difficulty and the need or request for financial assistance.
- This can come in the form of requests for money to pay for a visa, an airfare or to help a sick relative, or asking for your personal or financial details.
- Beware of anyone asking you to use a wire transfer service.