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Newport Beach Police Department
Sunday October 22nd, 2017 :: 10:16 a.m. PDT


Scam Alert: "Online Dating Scams"

Have you heard about "Online Dating Scams"? Here's how they work:

You meet someone special on a dating website.  Soon he wants to move off the dating site to email or phone calls.  He tells you he loves you, but he lives far away - maybe for business, or because he's in the military.

Then he asks for money.  He might say it's for a plane ticket to visit you.  Or emergency surgery.  Or something else urgent.

Scammers, both male and female, make fake dating profiles, sometimes using photos of other people - even stolen pictures of real military personnel.  They build relationships - some even fake wedding plans - before they disappear with your money.

Here's what you can do:

1. Stop. Don't send money. Never wire money on a prepaid debit card, or send cash to an online love interest.  You won't get it back.
2. Pass this information on to a friend. You might know that these relationships are fakes, but chances are that you know someone who doesn't.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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