BBB Warning: Valentine’s Day Scams

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Don't allow the holiday to leave you brokenhearted...or broke

With Valentine’s Day upon us, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary about scammers that lurk on dating websites and social media, preying on those seeking companionship.

“Romance scams are one of the most expensive out there,” notes BBB national spokesperson Katherine Hutt. “We track nearly three dozen different categories of fraud on BBB Scam Tracker, and victims of romance scams are reporting losses averaging almost $10,000. It’s distressing to read the reports, because the scammers don’t just steal money, they steal hearts.”

Read BBB’s warning about romance scams and tips to avoid them at bbb.org/valentine.

To report a scam, go to bbb.org/scamtracker.

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ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.

MEDIA CONTACTS: For more information, journalists should contact Katherine Hutt at 703-247-9345 or khutt(at)council(dot)bbb(dot)org or Jasmine Turner at 703-247-9376 or jturner(at)council(dot)bbb(dot)org

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