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Romance Scam

Unfortunately, the Internet, social media, and dating websites are perfect for tricking susceptible Americans into romantic relationships. Scammers will pretend to be interested in an unwitting person and, after building a rapport, ask them to send money or to cash a check or money order. Often, the scammers create urgency by claiming to have a medical emergency or promising to come to the U.S. to be with that person—just as long as a check or money order is cashed to cover expenses. None of their stories are true. Anyone who is socially isolated is susceptible to this scam.

Sweetheart Scam

A man lost his life savings to a scammer he met online. Watch to learn more about sweetheart scams.

Protect Yourself From Romance Scams

  • Don’t lend money, credit card info, or personal possessions to any stranger you meet on the Internet.

  • Keep all personal and financial information private and protected until you are certain of someone’s trustworthiness.

  • Look out for red flags. If someone is creating a sense of urgency to pay them, be on alert. Do more research before moving forward with any financial decision.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by a romance scam and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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