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Many people find true love via online dating sites, but there are red flags to watch for that may indicate you’re dealing with a scammer. When dating online, never send a money transfer to someone you have not met in person.

“At Western Union, we are committed to reaching consumers with tools to protect themselves from falling victim to scams,” said Shelley Bernhardt, Western Union Director of Consumer Protection.

Beware of anyone who:

  • Asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service, as this allows fraudsters to carry out scams without the dating site having a record of the encounter
  • Asks you for money or credit card information
  • Sends you emails containing questionable links to third-party websites
  • Claims to be currently travelling, living or working abroad.

Western Union provides a trusted and reliable way for people to send money to family members and friends but should not be used to send money to someone you have not met in person.

What else can consumers do?

Western Union and Better Business Bureau have launched a site to help consumers reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a scam. Visit http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper for more information.