Romance Scams

Romance scams are not limited to Valentine’s Day.  These scams happen when a new love pretends to be interested in you as a way to get your money and it happens more than you might think. In fact 26% of Connecticut residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while seeking friendship or love interest online.  Here are some helpful educational resources:

AARP CT issues a release:  “To help empower people to take steps to protect themselves and their families, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an educational campaign to raise awareness of online-based relationship fraud schemes.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau blogged about romance scams and created a prevention placemat to help older adults who might fall under the spell of a scam artist.  The placemat is part of a series of consumer educational placemats that meal service providers deliver to older adults and senior meal sites.  These placemats are free to download or order in bulk.

Federal Trade Commission wrote a blogpost that features important information such as how to report a scam to the FTC.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) wrote a second blogpost as part of its Online Romance Scams campaign with information on reporting resources and links to its revamped Looking for Love fact sheet series (Version #1 and Version # 2).