You meet on the internet. Then the “relationship” progresses; you email, talk on the phone and trade pictures. Finally, you make plans to meet and even make marriage plans. As the relationship gets stronger, the requests start to change.They ask you to wire them money; needs bus fare to visit a sick uncle.

The first transfer is small but the requests keep coming and growing- their daughter needs emergency surgery, they need airfare to come for a visit, etc. The payback promises are empty; the money’s gone and so are they. Follow these tips to help avoid becoming a victim of the “relationship scam”.


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