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BBB: Catfishing

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Many people find true love via online dating sites, but there are red flags to watch for that may indicate you're dealing with a scammer. The BBB is warning singles to know the signs of "catfishing," or romance scams. Be wary of anyone who:

· Asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service.This allows fraudsters to carry out scams without the dating site having a record of the encounter. Scammers play on emotion. Anytime people are vulnerable, fraudsters find opportunity.
· Claims to be from this country but is currently traveling, living or working abroad. Scammers come up with all kinds of excuses why they can't meet in person just yet. Be cautious of online daters who claim to be called away suddenly, 
· Asks you for money or credit card information.In some cases the scammer will claim an emergency like a sick relative or stolen wallet, and will ask you to wire money. Or they may ask for airfare to come for a visit. 
· Sends you emails containing questionable links to third-party websites. These links can contain malware that's designed to steal personal information off your computer.