A sweetheart scam is when a person uses a fake online profile to engage victims, stir up romantic feelings, and ask for money.
Losses related to sweetheart scams reached $304 million in 2020—a 50% increase from 2019. Adults age 70+ lost an average of $9,475.80.
The first step in protecting yourself against a dating app scam is knowing the warning signs to look out for.
Online dating can be fun, but it's also important to stay safe. Older adults are a common target for sweetheart scammers since they have more cash savings and a tendency to be trusting. Adults 60 and older also tend to be less informed about online scams in general.
Join our partners at Avast to learn how to navigate dating apps and websites safely, and how to identify fake profiles that may be scammers.
During our Sweetheart Scams webinar, you'll learn:
- Dating apps and websites 101
- What info you should and should not share with a match
- How to share photos while keeping your identity and privacy safe
- How to recognize signs of a scam