Are you single? Is being single during Valentines Day hard to deal with? If so, the FBI wants you to know that if you are looking for love, don't look in the wrong places otherwise, you might just get scammed.
According to KAMC, scammers use this time of year to come up with fake online profiles to gain a victims affection and with that affection comes trust and that is when the scam is pushed forward. The FBI says that the scammers will use the illusion or promise of romance to steal from the victim. Of course these scammers are on social media and on dating apps. And one way to tell if they are a scammer? They refuse to meet. Another? They ask for your bank account.
“The scammer’s intention is to establish a relationship as quickly as possible, endear himself to the victim, and gain trust,” a release from the FBI stated. “Scammers may propose marriage and make plans to meet in person, but that will never happen. Eventually, they will ask for money.”
Authorities say a line often used by scammers is that they are in the building and construction industry and are engaged in projects outside the U.S. That makes it easier to avoid meeting in person. This also makes it more plausible for them to ask for large amounts of money a “medical emergency” or “unexpected legal fee.”
While this may be a lonely time of year for some, it's better to be a little lonely than scammed out of thousands of dollars because someone who didn't want to meet you but still acted like they cared about you, ended up scamming you.
Instead, go out and meet someone. Or stay home and meet someone and be smart about it.