Nevada Attorney General warns against scams focused on romance & companionship

    The Nevada Attorney General's office is warning the public about scams that target people looking for romance or companionship. (MGN Online)

    This Valentine's Day, state officials say they don't want anyone getting fooled.

    Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford will host a tele-town hall 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, to address scams that try to take advantage of people looking for companionship or romantic relationships, his office said.

    The town hall is hosted with the AARP of Nevada and will let members of the organization call in to ask questions about scams.

    Though only AARP members can participate, audio will be available to the public via the organization's podcast after the event.

    Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a scam can file a complaint the attorney general's office.

    Officials also provided the following tips for avoiding these kinds of scams:

    • Refrain from sending money or property to someone you have not met in person. Never give credit card information or access to personal documents or accounts to someone you meet online;
    • Avoid any situation where a person asks for an up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, pre-paid card or Bitcoin;
    • Always consider the possibility that a person might be trying to scam you. Remove emotion from your decision-making process, and speak to family members or someone you trust before taking any drastic measures in the relationship;
    • Use online search engines to research the person’s photo and profile. Sometimes scammers will reuse a fake photo or profile information from another online source;
    • Beware if the individual seems too perfect or quickly asks you to leave a dating service or Facebook to go “offline”;
    • Be cautious about sharing intimate photos or giving information to the person that could be used as blackmail;
    • Be wary if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family;
    • Exercise caution if the individual promises to meet in person but then always seems to come up with an excuse for why he or she cannot meet you; and
    • Be careful about how much information you disclose online–the scammer could use this information to ascertain your vulnerabilities and lure you into an unwanted relationship.

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