Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 80. This week we’re going to talk about Romance Scams.
How do Romance Scams start?
Romance scams usually will start on online dating platforms or it could be social media or other kind of messaging sites, where a stranger will connect with their victim. They’ll establish a kind of a relationship with that person. Usually fairly quickly they will try to move off those online platforms and move over to communicating solely through email.
What do they do then?
They will spend a lot of time developing a relationship with their victim, including getting romantic and telling them they love them and such like. The reason they spend so much time at this is because they make a lot of money from it.
How would you know it is a scam?
The way you know it’s going to be a romance scam is they try to get you to wire them money for various reasons:
- They may be trying to plan a trip to come and visit you.
- They might have got mugged and they suddenly need some money.
- Over a period time they might have a “sick relative” that needs medical attention and they need money.
But they always want you to wire them money.
So the thing here is folks … if somebody you have never met wants you to wire them money, don’t do it, it is a scam. Trust me on this. It is absolutely always a scam.
So that’s it for this week. Lets be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.
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