#RedHeartsRedFlags Twitter Chat Recap

Thank you to all of those who participated in yesterday’s Twitter chat, #RedHeartsRedFlags! It was our biggest chat yet; with 496 conversations, 507 engagements, and a potential audience reach of 367,800. These chats are made great by the thought-provoking and informative responses from participants like you. Here are just a few examples… 

Q1: Not only are romance scams costly, they’re common. According to the FTC, #RomanceScams rank number one on total reported scam losses. What are the first red flags of a romance scam? 

Q2:  Victims of romance scams face more than financial loss. When you discover that your love interest is actually a fraudster, you also lose a relationship that you valued. What advice can we offer to victims of this type of crime? 

Q3: According to the FTC, people ages 40-69 reported losing money to romance scams at the highest rates, but the 70+ group report the highest individual median losses at $10,000. Why do you think these scams target such a wide age-range?

Q4: How has the increasing popularity of dating apps and websites affected the landscape of romance scams?

Q5: How do you spot a fake profile? What red flags should individuals look out for? What tips do you have for vetting a profile to ensure it’s legitimate? (We love the BBB’s tips https://bit.ly/2ursg7q)

Q6: Romance fraudsters can steal a real person’s entire identity to execute a scam. Our SM #IdentityTheft recovery page outlines helpful resources: https://bit.ly/35zBSdp What other advice can we offer victims of social media ID theft? 

Q7: Our Romance Scam recovery page has steps to help you REPORT crime, RECOVER losses, and REINFORCE cybersecurity after an incident. https://bit.ly/2QVIAoN What resources do you or your organization recommend for victims of romance scams?

We had a great time discussing romance scams with you! Thank you for joining us. We look forward to chatting with you all again soon! In the meantime, please follow us on YouTube for CSN updates, cybercrime red flags, and cybercrime recovery steps.