National Cyber Awareness System:
Protect Against Romance Scams
08/27/2019 11:00 AM EDT
Original release date: August 27, 2019
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a short video to help users spot and defend against romance scams. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals gain the confidence of their victims and trick them into sending money. The video includes stories that romance scammers tell to online daters to get them to send money and offers tips for avoiding these scams. Use caution when online dating, and never send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users to review FTC’s article on Romance Scams and NCCIC’s tip on Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites. If you think you have been a target of a romance scam, file a report with
- The online dating site,
- The Federal Trade Commission, and
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center.