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What You Need to Know About Romance Scams


Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money. Romance scammers create fake profiles on dating sites and apps, or contact their targets through popular social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, or Google Hangouts. The scammers strike up a relationship with their targets to build their trust, sometimes talking or chatting several times a day. Then, they make up a story and ask for money.

The Lies Romance Scammers Tell

They’ll often say they’re living or traveling outside of the United States. We’ve heard about scammers who say they are

We’ve heard about romance scammers asking their targets for money to

Scammers ask people to pay

How to Avoid Losing Money to a Romance Scammer

If you suspect a romance scam

Here’s the bottom line – never send money or gifts to a sweetheart you haven’t met in person. If you suspect that you are the victim of a romance scam, please contact Bank of New Hampshire immediately at 1.800.832.0912 or chat with us online at

Credit: Federal Trade Commission