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AG Nessel Offers Tips to Avoid Romance Scams Ahead of Valentine’s Day

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reissuing her Romance Scams Consumer Alert in advance of Valentine's Day to educate residents on common scams found on social media and dating platforms. 

Online romance scams take advantage of people looking for romantic partners on dating sites, apps, or social media. The con artists quickly profess their love for their victims and often claim to be in the military or working abroad to explain why they are unable to meet in person. 

“You should never send money or sensitive information to someone you hardly know,” said Nessel. “Exercising caution is key when it comes to sharing personal details online and can help you avoid becoming a victim. Don't let romance turn into regret. Stay vigilant when it comes to Valentine's Day scams." 

Here are some tips for avoiding romance scams:  

  • Use reverse image search websites like TinEye and Google Images to see if their image shows up somewhere else. 
  • Never agree to open a bank account or re-ship goods sent to you. 
  • Do not send money, prepaid gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency to someone you met online. 
  • Communicate only through the specific app and avoid giving out personal phone numbers or email addresses.
  • If someone appears on your social media and rushes you to start a friendship or romance, slow down and talk to someone you trust before responding. 

For more information about popular consumer scams, or if you believe you’ve been a victim, contact the Department of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team: 

Consumer Protection Team
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Fax: 517-241-3771
Toll-free: 877-765-8388
Online complaint form


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