Romance scams on the rise around Valentine's Day

POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 10:07pm

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and already love is in the air, along with romance scams.

The Better Business Bureau says this is the time of year where they see quite an increase in scammers targeting those looking for love.

"Online dating is attractive to people across a spectrum of ages," said Helen Moore, Regional Director for the Better Business Bureau in Waco.

Nowadays, more and more people are turning to the internet to meet that special someone. But, if you're not careful, finding love could come at a hefty price. So, the BBB says...

"Never send money to somebody you don't know, especially by wire," said Moore.

A lot of times, scammers go onto popular dating sites, selecting someone to be their victim and then pretend to a be a love interest in need of money.

"They're out of the country, and they've lost everything. And, could you wire me some money?" said Moore.

Sometimes, the scammers will meet up in person and attack their victims as well.

"Rape or assault could certainly result from making a poor choice," said Moore.

Just last month, Waco PD arrested four people in two separate incidents where the suspects advertised meeting up at a motel or apartment online and then robbed and attacked the victims who responded.

"It is not uncommon if someone's inviting you to meet them at a hotel that perhaps they don't have honest intentions," said Moore.

While Moore says there's no website necessarily any better or safer than the other, there are things to look for if you choose to date online.

"You want to make sure that any information that you put on there is secure. You want to check any website and see what their privacy policies are, what their cancellation policies are, and how they handle automatic renewals," said Moore.


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