Buffalo, Valentine’s Scam Is The Worst Thing You’ll Have To Look Out For
If you're single this Valentine's Day, don't fall for this scam. Remember, if it is too goo to be true, it usually is. Officials are warning people of this scam that has been happening to people online dating and the peek of the scam is--you guessed it--around Valentine's Day.
It starts with online dating and a profile will want to talk to you.
It could last days or weeks or even months where this 'fake' profile builds your trust by talking nice to you and forming a bond with you. Then, the next thing they know, victims begin receiving roses or gifts.
Eventually, they're going to ask you to send a little bit of money. According to NBC:
The most common victims to these laundering and extortion schemes are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed or disabled, though everyone should be on the lookout for potential scams. If you use online dating sites and social media, the FBI says you should be wary of people claiming to be from America but say they are working abroad. In addition to asking for money, the FBI also warns about people asking you to cash checks for them, or someone who asks you to forward a package. The checks could be for money laundering, and the packages could be stolen property.