BBB warns against online summer romance scams

POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 2:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 8:58pm

Some say love is a beautiful thing, but if you're not careful, it could severely damage your bank account.
The Better Business Bureau is warning Central Texans not to fall victim to "catfishing" while looking for summer love.

"We tend to think of the summer romance. And, people tend to think, 'oh well this will be a safe way to meet people'," said Helen Moore, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Waco.

During the summer time, the Better Business Bureau says many people turn to online dating sites to meet that special someone. But, while looking for love, scammers are also online looking to make a quick buck. It's called catfishing.

"This is pretty much a faceless crime, and it is very difficult to prosecute," said Moore.
These scammers typically prey on someone's emotions to get money via several interactions on a dating site. The person looking to get money will pretend to be a love interest needing money.

"Any of the online dating sites can be targeted for the 'catfishing' because people can use false ID's, nobody is checking," said Moore.

The BBB says one in every four online daters will experience online fraud. and, sites that charge for membership aren't exempt.

"It could be a little bit safer. But, whether you're paying to be on the site or you're using one that doesn't cost anything, caution, caution, caution," said Moore.

Catfish scams can reportedly cost online daters up to thousands of dollars, if you're not smart with your personal information.

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