BBB: Beware of romance scams
HASTINGS, Nebraska (KSNB) — It’s been a month since Valentine’s Day, and for those still looking for love, chances are they’ve signed up for dating groups and sites — mostly online.
Heart scams often involve long-term setups, said Josh Planos, director of public relations and communications for the BBB, which serves Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas Plains and southwestern Iowa.
“Unlike many scams, romance scams often take weeks or even months to fully execute, so the damage is much greater because of their differences,” Planos said.
Fortunately, every scam has some telltale signs to watch out for and should jump right out of the way to potential victims.
“Watch out for those who are eager to leave the scene,” Planos said. “Catfish will try to get off the platform quickly and pick it up via email, courier or phone. The reason is – these platforms can’t police scammers if they don’t even know they exist.”
Likewise, Planos said liars are still liars. At the end of the day, they want your money, and they don’t want to spend a lot of time in the process.
“Watch out for those who move too fast,” Planos continued. “What’s unique about romance scams is that, on average, it takes them so long to be fully helped. By then, the emotional toll is super devastating, but even with this lengthy process, the scammers are looking to cut corners. They’re looking to speed up the process. They’ll start talking about the future together soon. They’ll probably tell you early on that they love you.”
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