This Valentine Protect yourself from romance scams

This Valentine Protect yourself from romance scams

Valentine’s day romance scams

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, so you might be thinking about picking a little something up for the ones you love.

But remember to keep an eye out; with an increase in online romances, your special someone might be a fraudster, pretending to be someone they’re not.

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This year, protect your heart and your finances, and don’t fall head over heels for a romance scam.

Romance Scam Red flags 🚩 🥰
So what constitutes a romance scam? It’s when someone claims to be romantically interested in you and takes advantage of your emotions in order to convince you to send them hard-earned money.

Here are some points to watch out for to help you avoid becoming a victim of a scam.

  • Fall fast and hard – They quickly express strong feelings for you; even love
  • Love is blind – They can never seem to meet in person for a real date, and blame their job, life, being abroad etc.
  • They’re mysterious – They have an odd dating or social profile that doesn’t disclose much about themselves or their life
  • Sweet as honey – They give you a pet name, which helps them avoid using the wrong name, as they chat to lots of people at the same time
  • Bad romance – They seem to have a lot of problems going on in their life that can only be solved with your money
  • Let’s take this somewhere else – They want to chat outside the dating site or app, and prefer to use text, WhatsApp or email

Dating Tips!

  1. Don’t be a mule! Remember, if someone asks you to hold or move money for them and you agree, you could be charged and even jailed for money muling.
  2. Don’t be embarrassed. If you have suspicions about your new crush, ask a friend or family member for their opinion. Unfortunately, if it feels too good to be true, it sometimes can be.
  3. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you. In matters of the heart, money shouldn’t come into it. If the relationship quickly develops toward financial support and dependence, protect your heart and finances and save it for someone better!

And lastly, here is a quick poem to help you remember what to do!

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Don’t send strangers money,

If it feels too good to be true!

Happy Valentines!

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