Nowadays, you have to be cautious of everything you do online. Scammers are always trying to get money, goods or services out of unsuspecting people — and military members are often targets. Here are some scams that have recently been affecting service members, Defense Department employees and their families.
Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. The criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do and will seem genuine, caring, and believable. Con artists are present on most dating and social media sites.
Scammers may propose marriage and make plans to meet in person, but that will never happen. Eventually, they will ask for money.
Scam artists often say they are in the building and construction industry and are engaged in projects outside the U. That makes it easier to avoid meeting in person—and more plausible when they ask for money for a medical emergency or unexpected legal fee. If someone you meet online needs your bank information to deposit money, they are most likely using your to carry out other theft and fraud schemes.
The FBI says criminals put a holiday twist on the methods they use to scam you online during this time of year. Christine Beining, a special agent in the FBI's Houston Division, describes how scam artists use Internet sites to prey on lonely individuals to get to their money.
Overseas Romance Scams Rising. African Romance Scams. An increasing of Americans are becoming victims of romance scams originating from West Africa.
Romance Scams. Romance scams, also known as confidence scams, result in the highest amount of financial losses when compared to other Internet-facilitated crimes.
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Official websites use. Romance Scams Scams and Safety. If you suspect an online relationship is a scam, stop all contact immediately. Tips for Avoiding Romance Scams: 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. 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.
Never send money to anyone you have only communicated with online or by phone. Victim Tells Her Story. Agent Describes Scam.