Consumer advocates warn of online dating scams

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DENVER -- The Better Business Bureau is trying to prevent people being cheated out of romance and money by warning of online-dating scams on Valentine’s Day.

There are lots of smartphone apps working to connect people. But scammers are also online looking for a connection -- one that has nothing to do with love, but your wallet.

Experts warn that scammers use fake pictures of real people looking to prey on people’s emotions and get money in the process.

“If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true -- obviously,” said a former Tinder user, aware of the risks associated with using dating apps.

Many of the scams are found on popular dating apps such as Bumble and Tinder.

For those looking for love on Tinder, users swipe right if they are attracted to a person and to the left if they have no interest.

The scammers are busy swiping right -- looking for victims in the process.

Along with being lured in by imposters using fake profiles, computer-generated bots are also sending links that can install viruses to smartphones.

An online match could have a Facebook or Twitter account that can tell more about the person. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably wise to back away.

Most of the dating apps allow users to report suspicious activity. If you become a victim, contact fraud division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.