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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office is offering help to Michiganders to help them avoid what are being called “romance scams” ahead of the most romantic day of the year.

Romance scams are defined as cons that try to take advantage of people on dating apps or social media. The scammers will quickly profess their love in hopes of getting the victims to send them gifts, money or other personal information.

“You should never send money or sensitive information to someone you hardly know,” Nessel said in a statement. “Exercising caution is key when it comes to sharing personal details online and can help you avoid becoming a victim. Don’t let romance turn into regret. Stay vigilant when it comes to Valentine’s Day scams.” 

Nessel’s office also released a few tips to keep in mind to avoid a scam:

  • Do an online reverse image search to see if people are who they say they are.
  • Don’t send money, gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency online.
  • Communicate through the app and avoid sharing phone numbers or emails.

If you believe you have been scammed, you can contact the Department of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team by clicking here or calling 517.335.7599.

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