Some scam artists create phony online profiles to trick potential victims.• Be cautious of individuals who claim it was destiny or fate that brought you together or who claim to love you soon after you meet online.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for “romance” scams in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.
These scams involve a con artist creating a fake profile, and contacting the victim on Facebook or an online dating site.
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.