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Romance Scam Information Alert

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As Valentine’s Day Approaches, BBB Says Beware Catphishing ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.

Catphishing is a common romance scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost., that usually leads to the victim sharing personal information or sending money directly.

The Better Business Bureau explains that catphishing involves a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. pretending to be someone they are not on an online dating site or social media.

The scammer will usually ask to chat with their victims using an outside email or messaging service so as to not be tracked by reputable dating sites. The fraudsters often claim to be local, but out of the country for work or travel. The BBB says they usually get your money by making up an emergency like a sick relative or stolen wallet.

Often these catphishers can be spotted by the stock image used as a profile picture.

BBB officials urge caution when starting an online romance. For more information, visit bbb.org. 



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