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Romance Scams

The Community Foundation’s Preventing Financial Scams Initiative protects our community

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Romance Scams

Romance scams

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  • Never send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person
  • Be incredibly cautious of people saying they need money for emergency expenses
  • Be on guard if a person is “working abroad” or is from another country
  • Meet the person you have connected with in-person within five days
  • People who confess love quickly are normally scammers
  • Scammers will ask you to create a new bank account to commit online bank fraud. Scammers will deposit stolen money into the new account and ask you to wire money out of the country.
  • Have a healthy skepticism with people you meet online, even if they are charming.
  • If you suspect someone is an imposter online, ask a friend or family member for their opinion
  • If using Google Chrome, verify if the person’s photo is real by right-clicking their photo and selecting “Search Google for image.” If the photo appears on other sites with a different name it is probably being used as a scam.
  • Limit the personal information you share online. Keep your communication limited to the dating site or in-person

Reporting the Scam:

  • Contact your bank immediately if you suspect you sent money to a scammer
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at or the FBI at
  • Report the incident to the dating site.

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is established to strengthen communities in our region through leadership and philanthropy. The information provided on this flyer does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this flyer are for general informational purposes only.

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