BBB warns of dangers relating to online dating Submitted: 02/14/2020
Zack White
Zack White

BBB warns of dangers relating to online dating
WOODRUFF - Online dating is rising in popularity and new technology has made it easy to meet new people and find dates.

In 2019, The Better Business Bureau (BBB) received more than 635 scam tracker reports relating to romance fraud.

The BBB warns the rising popularity makes the work for criminals easier.

"You'll get sexual predators, people posing as male and they're female and people using fake profiles," said Woodruff Police Officer Ryan Scholwalter.

BBB Media Specialist Lisa Schiller said it's imperative for people to keep their eyes open.

"Meeting people online might not always be safe," said Schiller. "We want to remind consumers to keep their guard up to avoid being swindled or even worse."

Romance scammers will do just about anything before selecting a target to start a relationship.

Officer Ryan Schowalter said there are many things that can go wrong with online dating, but staying aware of your surrounding will save you in the long run.

"If you are going to meet someone for the first time, let someone know or meet in a public place incase things don't work out and you want to get out," said Schowalter.

Schowalter said you can keep yourself safe by doing your own investigation.

"I would certainly look them up as much as you can, look them up on Facebook, look them up on CCAP to see if they have any criminal records."

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