Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.The first step is to be aware of common dating sites and apps (many of which are intended to look inconspicuous) so that if you stumble upon them on your spouse’s phone or web browser history, you’ll recognize them.
Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.
They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?
Additionally, affair phone apps like Vaulty Stocks and HAA are common.
Dating apps like Tinder, Once, Coffee Meets Bagel, and How About We have grown in popularity because they match users with people in nearby locations, and they tend to remove identifying information, like someone's last name.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.