LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In a world of apps like Tinder and Bumble and with people swiping left and swiping right to find love, it could be easy to find yourself in a romance scam without even knowing it.
According to the Better Business Bureau, romance scams are on the rise. Over the last three years, there have been more than $1 billion lost in romance scams in the United States. The BBB said the scams often start with the person putting out an automated request for contact. Once they make contact with you, the con is to develop trust and then the attack, which is typically asking for money. BBB Arkansas President and CEO Janet Robb said that is the biggest red flag.
“What tends to happen later on once the trust is built up, then the con comes, which is suddenly, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve had an emergency. Can you wire me some funds to get me through?'” Robb said. “If they ask for money via Western Union, MoneyGram, a Walmart card, those, unfortunately, are really red flags because they’re very, very difficult to trace.”