With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air, but it’s important to be cautious when it comes to online dating. Online dating scams are a year-round concern, and Whitney Adkins from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises that we need to be wary of giving out personal or financial information to anyone we haven’t met in person.
Adkins warns that we should be cautious of any requests for money, gift cards, or wire transfers, especially if the person we are talking to urges us to move the conversation to text or WhatsApp early on. If someone mentions a sudden emergency and asks for money, it is likely a scam. In these situations, it is important to report the scam to the BBB and the police and not feel embarrassed about falling victim to a scam.
Online dating can be an exciting way to meet new people, but we must approach it with caution and awareness of potential scams. By being mindful of warning signs and avoiding giving out personal or financial information, we can protect ourselves from falling victim to online dating scams.