Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money

Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact. They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. These scams are also known as ‘catfishing’.

Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad then, they make up a story and ask for money.

They’ll often say they’re living or traveling outside of the United States. We’ve heard about scammers who say they are:

  • Working on an oil rig
  • In the military
  • A doctor with an international organization

We’ve heard about romance scammers asking their targets for money to:

  • pay for a plane ticket or other travel expenses
  • pay for surgery or other medical expenses
  • pay customs fees to retrieve something
  • pay off gambling debts
  • pay for a visa or other official travel documents

If you think it’s a scam, contact us for further investigation and confirmation. Also notify the website.

If you think it’s a scam, contact us for further investigation and confirmation.

Also notify the website.