With Valentine's Day around the corner, many single people return to thoughts of finding love online. But while your head is in the online clouds, you should know (sorry to sound like a parent) that cyberscammers may be there with you, looking to take advantage of your vulnerable heart.
To help you stay safe on Valentine's Day and year-round, here is a look at some of the top romance scams and threats:
- Online Dating Scams. Millions of people use online dating sites to broaden their networks and meet potential mates, but not everyone on these sites is sincere; some are scammers hoping to lure you in with false affection. Their goal is to gain your trust and, eventually, your money.
How to Stay Safe
- When signing up for online dating, go with a well-known site. Get referrals from friends on which sites they use.