There's nothing better than a scam success story! That's why we're happy to share that the U.S. Department of Justice caught seven individuals that were responsible for numerous email scams. Since 2001, the scammers have committed mail and wire fraud, identity theft, access device fraud and have stolen government funds.
Over the course of 15 years, these scammers often tricked their victims by using romance scams. According to New York Magazine, the scammers would utilize online dating sites "where they'd start a relationship with someone; once their victim fell for them, they'd get them to send money."
Be sure to keep these tips in mind to avoid romance scams this Valentine's Day! First, be wary of anyone who refuses to meet in person. Scammers thrive on the internet's anonymity. If a person refuses to share their true identity, it's a red flag. Second, be on the lookout for individuals who ask for money to visit you or pay for an emergency. This is often a ruse to gain access to your personal and financial information. Finally, pay attention to spelling and grammar. If the person is difficult to understand, they could be a foreign scammer. To learn more about romance scams, click here and be sure to watch our new PSA.