• Watch Out For ‘Day of Love’ Scams

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: A selection of online dating app logos are seen on a mobile phone screen on November 24, 2016 in London, England. Following a number of deaths linked to the use of anonymous online dating apps, the police have warned users to be aware of the risks involved, following the growth in the scale of violence and sexual assaults linked to their use. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

    LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: A selection of online dating app logos are seen on a mobile phone screen on November 24, 2016 in London, England. Following a number of deaths linked to the use of anonymous online dating apps, the police have warned users to be aware of the risks involved, following the growth in the scale of violence and sexual assaults linked to their use. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

    February has a reputation for being “prime time” for romance but it’s also a time when scammers are looking for victims. Experts advise Minnesotans to proceed with caution before they let their hearts – and their finances – get tangled up in a romance scheme. Special Agent Garrett Croon with the F-B-I says millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate. Croon says some people are more vulnerable to scammers than others.

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    Croon says these scammers trick their victims into thinking they’re involved in a serious relationship then find clever ways to ask for money. His advice is to never send money to someone you haven’t met in person.Croon says these scammers may be targeting several victims at the same time, and they’re good at pretending they’re in love before they ask for anything.

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    Croon says there are some red flags to watch for to spot a scammer. They include the person online professing love right off the bat and pressing you to leave the dating website you met through so you can communicate using personal e-mail or instant messaging; the person sends you a photograph of himself or herself that looks like something from a glamour magazine; the person claims to be from the U-S but is traveling or working overseas; makes plans to visit you but is then unable to do so because of a tragic event; and he says be wary for anyone who asks for money for any reason

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