Don't let romance get in the way of logic, that's one warning from the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana (BBB).
The BBB says ‘catfishing' scams are on the rise.'Catfishing' by definition is when internet predators fabricate online identities to trick people into emotional and romantic relationships.
Sharane Gott, president and CEO of the BBB, says during the month of February these types of scams happen more often because people are looking for that love connection. Gott says ‘catfishing' crooks snag you with emotion.
They use fake pictures, engage in deep conversations and eventually gain your trust. That's when they start asking for money, often for travel expenses so they can visit, something that never happens. People throughout Acadiana have been taken for hundreds and even thousands of dollars all because they acted on emotion rather than logic.
BBB is warning singles to know the warning signs of "catfishing," or romance scams. Be wary of anyone who: