Preventing fraud

Fraudsters create online profiles and pose as potential romantic interests. They try to get you to develop an emotional attachment with their online persona. As trust builds, the fraudster shares a fabricated story that often leads them to ask for financial assistance. Once they receive your money, the fraudster will usually cut off all contact with you. Learn how to protect yourself from romance scams.
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