Tech Tips: SCAM ALERT…Romance Scams

The Riverside Police Department warns of various fraud schemes and scams that are occurring in our community. Learn about these scams to help better protect you, your finances, and your peace of mind. 

Both men and women, young and old, have fallen victim to meeting subjects online, being befriended, and communicating by phone or internet only. This communication rapidly develops from friendship to romance, but the subjects never actually meet in person. Once the subject becomes a part of your daily routine, an sudden fictional emergency prompts an urgent need for money.

These scam artists will continue to request money and cease contact when they are no longer successful. They usually operate with fictitious identities and profiles, and will use dating websites, blogs and social media to connect with their victims.

The fraudsters will read obituaries and do online research into family members and their circumstances. They will then appear as if they knew the lost loved one and introduce themselves into the widow’s life to manipulate them financially.

Press Release Provided by the Riverside Police Department