Beware of scammers preying on people looking for love

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The Better Business Bureau is warning people to beware of frauds on free online dating sites.
Here are 3 popular schemes:
-Scammers posing as attractive singles, building relationships, then sharing sob stories and needing money wired for an emergency.
-Prowlers scanning internet sites looking for personal information in order to commit identity theft.
-Unscrupulous companies and matchmakers that cheat singles out of hundreds or thousands of dollars and never deliver on their services.

The BBB says scammers make websites that look very legitimate.  The way you can check is the URL.  If it’s not HTTPS, it’s not a secured site.
Be choosy, do your research and make sure it’s a legitimate website.  Don’t release personal information and be careful not to release too much info.  Never wire money to a potential love interest.  Wire transfers are a big red flag. 

If you do plan to meet someone in person, do so in a public place, with friends or a double date.

And, if you sign a contract with an online dating website, check the fine print to make sure you know what’s in your membership and when and what type of fees are tacked on. 

Here are additional tips from the BBB: