Consumer officials warn about online dating scams

Friday, February 3, 2012, Vol. 36, No. 5

NASHVILLE (AP) - State consumer officials are warning about the danger of online dating scammers.

They say some fraud artists use online dating as a way to scam people out of their money. Spokesmen say that after a relationship is created, the frauds often ask for money to be wired to them.

State Consumer Affairs director Gary Cordell said scammers have been known to steal the real names and photos of U.S. service personnel to set up a fake profile, then prey on the sympathy and patriotism of victims.

They also have been known to use religious sites, using religion as a ploy to gain trust before requesting money.

Singles should be cautious even when using dating sites with good reputations.