COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for “romance” scams in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.
According to the attorney general, the con artists will ask for wire transfers or money orders.
To avoid “romance” scams: • Research someone you meet online; don’t rely solely on what that person tells you.
After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.
“I’ve also seen my own photos and name used.” (The image of Grisham that was used by scammers is pictured, left) With a few of the largest player like OKCupid, Match, and others, there are precautionary measures in place.
The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.