A romance scam involves feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Scammers troll dating and social media sites with fake profiles and messages to establish trust.
Scammers advertise job openings and business opportunities on legitimate sites, and may ask you to pay them to help you find a job or to provide a debit or credit card number for security purposes before you can be considered.
Scammers impersonate a real or fake charitable organization in order to steal your money and/or your personal information.
These scammers pretend to be legitimate collection agents to pressure you into paying money for debts that may have been paid, canceled, or that don’t even exist.
These scammers pose as school or university representatives and may ask you for upfront fees to ensure enrollment or offer you fraudulent scholarship assistance.
These scammers pose as a relative or friend, calling or sending you messages and urging you to wire money immediately for an emergency — like getting out of jail, paying a hospital bill, or needing to leave a foreign country.
These scammers pose as a government or military member, and will call, text, or message you stating that they need urgent help or that you must pay an immediate fine or the government will deport, arrest or take other legal action against you.
These usually involve a scammer promoting a high-paying investment opportunity, convincing you that their company is real, and persuading you to give them money for a fraudulent investment opportunity.
These scammers claim that you have won a large amount of cash or other prizes, and that you only need to provide a small claim fee, tax fee, or personal information in order to obtain the reward.
These scammers pose as vendor or technical support representatives (or a similar message may pop up on your screen) and claim that your device needs to be scanned or repaired, with the intent of obtaining money or personal information.