Valentine's Day scam warning: FBI cautions online daters

The FBI advises individuals to exercise caution and think twice before sharing personal information on dating platforms.

News 12 Staff

Feb 14, 2024, 11:39 AM

Updated 70 days ago

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As Valentine's Day brings people together, the FBI is issuing a warning for those engaged in online dating. The agency advises individuals to exercise caution and think twice before sharing personal information on dating platforms.
Here are some key points from the FBI's cautionary advice:
  • Choose Reputable Apps: Stick to well-known and reputable dating apps like Tinder or Hinge to reduce the risk of encountering scams.
  • Beware of Cancellations: If your online match consistently cancels plans to meet in person, especially over an extended period, it could be a red flag. Exercise caution and be suspicious.
  • Avoid Sending Money: Never send money to someone you haven't met in person, regardless of the reasons given. Scammers often use elaborate stories to extract money from unsuspecting victims.
  • Cease Contact If Suspicious: If you suspect that your online relationship is a scam, immediately stop all contact with the individual. Report any suspicious activity to the relevant authorities.
By staying vigilant and following these guidelines, individuals can better protect themselves from falling victim to online scams during the season of love.


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