Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.Simply swipe right ("ja") if someone takes your fancy or left for no ("nej").They can only strike up a conversation with you if you’ve both swiped right – so you won’t get unwanted messages from strangers.
- Post your own personal ad - Search profiles - Contact anyone for free - Receive letters from others - It's all free and anonymous Many other online dating services that promise it all free and then charge you for contacting other members, advanced search, etc.
As long as you know exactly what you're looking for – and you’re honest about it – then you’re likely to find a good match.
But don’t be too picky or you’ll find your options are limited.
One way to steer clear of these criminals altogether is to stick to online dating websites with nationally known reputations.
Finally, the FBI advises not to send money through any wire transfer service to someone you met online.