Online Romance Scams Cost Victims Thousands

Many times, scammers create profiles online using other people’s pictures.

Consumers can use a reverse image search on Google to see if the photo was used online publicly elsewhere, Stokes said.

Sometimes, they may even use a photo of someone in the military. Never send money to someone claiming to be a U.S. soldier.

Larson said someone who is lonely can be a prime target but the one thing he realized is that you should never send money, ever, to someone you meet online.

“I wouldn’t have sent a dime,” he said, when asked what he would do differently now.
Susan Tompor is the personal finance columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

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