Online dating scams increasing around Valentine’s Day

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016)-- Valentine's Day is right around the corner and many singles are looking for love. Many of them try online dating. This could set up the perfect opportunity for scammers to play on your heartstrings and rip you off. So don't go looking for love in all the wrong places.

Online dating is the new normal but communicating with a stranger can be tricky, especially if you're eager to find the one.

"Especially right before Valentine's Day people start to get a little more antsy trying to find a date and all that so there's kind of a rush and that makes it really easy for scammers to get a hold to victims and try to get money or their information and all of that," said Emily Bartz

Bartz published an article on nextadvisor.com with the three signs to steer clear of to avoid online dating scammers. The world of online dating is growing rapidly but Bartz says you have to find the perfect balance between being a skeptic and having an open mind.

Here are some of the red flags.

"Kind of comes right out the gates with a sob story that's usually a red flag. They're not usually looking for a real connection. They just have something they're hoping to gain from getting your information," said Bartz.

Also beware of anyone who's overly affectionate buttering you up with words like Shakespeare. And never send anyone money. Last year in Indiana, the Attorney General's Office says they received 21 calls from consumers about possible scams involving Facebook and other romance sites.

"If I had to say just from personal experience tinder is the one that will get ya. It's just so easy. You're getting everyone in your area with very little information regarding what they're actually looking for. So in terms of creepers, yeah you're going to find them on Tinder."

The losses for two consumers in Indiana last year totaled more than $100,000 . Another unusual tip is to beware of people who ask for common info like your pet's name or your birthday-- those could be clues about passwords to your online accounts.

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