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Better Business Bureau warns against online romance scams

Posted: 10:12 PM, Jul 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-19 05:19:36Z

The Better Business Bureau is warning the Southern Arizona community about online romance scams. 

For the last several years, online dating has transformed the way people meet each other and date. Susanne Miller works for the BBB and says this has opened up the door for scammers to take advantage. 

"Scammers prey on the emotion of this scam because usually it's someone who is just looking for companionship."

Miller says scammers do not usually rush when asking for money. Scammers want to build a relationship and trust until finally working up to asking for money. 

"It is scary and you really have to be careful and that's why I say don't get too far into it before you actually meet the person."

Arizona's attorney general has also issued a statement warning about scammers and say several people have been victims and have wire transferred money overseas. 

Across the United states and Canada, people have reported losing more than $1,000,000,000 over the last three years because of online romance scams, that's according to the BBB. 

If you suspect you're speaking with a scammer, contact authorities immediately.