The Lies They Tell
Dating apps and social networking have grown in popularity, and in return the romance scam has become more common.
- The most common lie is that he or she is working, living, or traveling outside the U.S.
- Their “occupation” may be a doctor, UN worker, or military person
- They will normally ask for you to pay for travel or medical expenses, or even a debt.
Scammers want you to pay either wire transfer or reload cards because that is the quickest way to get cash and remain anonymous.
Suspecting a Romance Scam?
- Stop communicating immediately
- Talk to someone you trust
- Search the person’s profile picture to see if another name is linked to it.
Reporting a Romance Scam
If you paid a romance scammer, contact the company or the bank you withdrew funds from for the payment, and notify them.
Dirigo FCU Contact Center: 1.800.281.5435 Federal Trade Commission: ftc.gov/complaint
- Online Interest is Asking for Money = Scam
- Do not send money to a love interest you have not met in person.
- Talk to a person you trust and do not let a romance scammer rush you.