Defending against romance scams

By Elvis Huff on September 13, 2019

Romance scams continue to target online users, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a short video recently advising users on the dangers of romance scams and how they work. It’s just 50 seconds long and includes great tips and examples of common tactics used by cyber criminals. Examples laid out in the video are real life stories that the criminals have used to take your money.

The key takeaway: cyber criminals want your money, and they’ll tell you anything to get you to send it to them.

Check out the video and some other tips

  1. YouTube FTC VIDEO
  2. Homeland Security Tips on staying safe on social networking sites


Do you believe you’ve been the victim of a romance scam?

You should:

  1. File a complaint with the online dating site
  2. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission
  3. File a complaint with FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center


Have another thought, tip or suggestion? Leave it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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