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Recent & Common Financial Scams
Protect your financial and personal information by staying aware and informed. Below is information about a number of recent and common financial scams.
Although this type of fraud is not new, scammers have been increasingly using legitimate dating and social networking websites for "romance scams." Scammers will set up phony profiles on these sites, often with fake photographs and identities, and develop online friendships with other users. Once the scammers have gained the trust of their new online friend, they will request money for a variety of seemingly urgent situations. The scammer may claim that they need money to pay for a passport or airfare so they can travel to visit their online friend in person, or they may state that they need the money for an emergency and will pay it back. Any money sent to these scammers will not be returned or used for the purposes they claimed, and the scammers will often come up with different excuses for needing more and more money.
These types of situations occur on otherwise trustworthy and legitimate social networking and dating sites, so always use common sense when meeting new people online. Do not share personal information such as credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, passport information, or passwords with others. Be extremely suspicious of anyone you meet online who asks you for money, no matter what reasons they provide for needing the funds.