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Beware of romance scammers pulling on your heartstrings for money

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NASHVILLE, TN. (WSMV) - From online dating sites to dating apps, people are finding their lovers everywhere. Scammers know this and are pulling on your heartstrings to rip you off.

According to the Better Business Bureau, most romance scammers start with fake profiles on online dating sites.

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These fake romancers steal photos and text from real accounts, often claiming that they’re in the military or that they work overseas. The scammers often make one excuse after another about why they can’t meet you in person.

After gaining your trust, the romance fraudsters usually ask you to send them money, but once you do they stop talking.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations says since 2016, they’ve seen a 300 percent increase in the number of romance scams reported, mainly because the bad guys know it’s hard to track them down. TBI’s Technical Services Unit offered some tips.

“If someone is given a photo, say this is who I can do a reverse image search. The reverse image search is done by any search provider,” ASAC Nick Christian said.

TBI also says if someone moves you from a dating site to an encrypted platform, that is also a red flag.

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