HOUSTON (KIAH) — Think that the Tinder Swindler is all consumers need to be weary of this Valentine’s Day? Think again… There are several things to worry about when it comes to love scams. Including red flags to look out for, like going slow and avoid sending money.
Romance Scams: Six Red Flags
Be on the lookout for these six red flags. If one or more occurs — think very carefully about your next steps, and seek the guidance of trusted family, friends, and/or experts.
- Individual in question is very far away.
- Their profile seems too good to be true.
- The relationship progresses very quickly.
- Individual in question breaks promise to visit or meet up in person.
- They are in need of money (whatever the excuse).
- Even worse — they require one payment method in particular.
Romance Scams: Top Safety Tips
Be sure to:
- Take things slowly
- Set up a phone or video chat
- Be aware of red flags
- Carry out an informal background check if possible
- Ask trusted persons for guidance
- Feel safe and secure
- Stop communicating if in doubt
Be sure not to:
- Reveal excessive personal information
- Send sensitive pictures and other material
- Send money (or receive it)
- Believe everything you hear
- Buy travel tickets and/or gift cards