Online dating Scams. Menacing man looking at dating app behind mask.

Online Dating Scams

Tablet app linking profiles together

Scammers know millions of people use online dating sites. They are there, too, hiding behind fake profiles.


Signs of a Scam


Professes love quickly.

Claims to be from the U.S., but is overseas for business or military service.

Dollar Sign

Asks for money, and lures you off the dating site.

Medical cross

Claims to need money – for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel.

Plans to visit, but can’t because of an emergency.


$270 Million lost in 2017. Reports to the FBI more than tripled in 5 last five years.

What to do

  1. Slow down – and talk to someone you trust. Don’t let a scammer rush you.
  2. Never wire money, put money on a gift or cash reload card, or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back.
  3. Contact your bank right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer.
  4. Report your experience to:


Here is more helpful information to counter other threats to your security: