Video: How to Spot a Romance Scam

They say “love is blind.” Unfortunately, some take advantage of that.

Romance scams use psychological manipulation to trick you into sending money or revealing sensitive information. Romance scammers create fake profiles strategically aimed at gaining your affection and trust. Be on the lookout for profiles with few photos and an unusually high number of similar interests.

If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are.

Once engaged, a romance scammer will contact you frequently with intense flattery to establish a quick relationship. They’ll provide excuses as to why they can never meet in person, such as serving in the military or other remote commitments.

Eventually, they'll ask you for money.

Common reasons include travel expenses to see you, medical emergencies, and debt relief to start a new life together. If you refuse, they'll threaten your relationship and stir up guilt until you finally agree.

When it comes to romance scams, remember to slow down and ask yourself questions.

If you detect suspicious activity, report the user to the platform where you first made contact. If money has already been sent, contact your financial institution directly at the number listed on the back of your bank-issued debit card, in your banking app, or the bank’s official website.