MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – During the season of love, be wary of dating app connections that seem too good to be true. The Better Business Bureau is warning of some dreamboats trying to trick you into laundering money.
The scam starts with a connection on a dating app, the BBB says. Once you start chatting, the person will seem interested and sweet.
Eventually, they may ask to switch to text or email, at which point they’ll delete their profile. The real red flags come up when they ask you to help them wire money overseas. The BBB explained they may justify this by saying they’re trying to help a loved one or donate to charity.
If your new flirt starts asking for favors involving wiring money, the BBB says you should be suspicious. The money involved in this scam is stolen, meaning anyone who wires the money is committing a crime, and the victim can be prosecuted.
The scam usually targets women in their 50s and 60s, the BBB said. The goal is to send laundered money through someone to make it harder for authorities to trace, making the victim also take the fall.
To avoid the scam, the BBB suggests you:
1. Do your research
- Profile pictures may be taken from Google, so do a reverse image search.
- Look up a profile name, email or phone number to see if they check out.
2. Ask specific questions
- Ask about specific things you note on their profile. The scammer may say things that do not fit.
3. Be safe with your information
- Never send money to someone you do not know.
- Never give personal information like credit card or ID information to someone you have not met.
4. Be suspicious
- Be wary of wire requests.
- Be wary of requests to use a pre-paid debit card.
For more information, visit the BBB website. To report a scam, visit this link.
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