Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. they play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Please see the links below for more information on how to report them.
- Federal Trade Commission: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/
- FBI – Internet Crime Complaint Center: https://www.ic3.gov/
Swiss National Cyber Security Center: https://www.report.ncsc.admin.ch/en/
- Be careful what you post and make public online. Scammers can use details shared on social media and dating sites to better understand and target you.
- Research the person’s photo and profile using online searches to see if the image, name, or details have been used elsewhere.
- Go slowly and ask lots of questions.
- Beware if the individual seems too perfect or quickly asks you to leave a dating service or social media site to communicate directly.
- Beware if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family or requests inappropriate photos or financial information that could later be used to extort you.
- Beware if the individual promises to meet in person but then always comes up with an excuse why he or she can’t. If you haven’t met the person after a few months, for whatever reason, you have good reason to be suspicious.
- Never send money to anyone you have only communicated with online or by phone.