Online dating scam hits Louisville

Scammers target dating sites
Reanna Smith-Hamblin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Reanna Smith-Hamblin (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Better Business Bureau said a Louisville man fell victim to an online dating scam.
According to the BBB, a man was communicating with a woman he met online when suddenly the communication stopped.

The man (who did not want to be identified) got a call from a person claiming to be the woman's
father, and told the victim, he had been communicating with his daughter, who was underage. The man on the phone demanded money not to turn this victim in to authorities.
"The guy said 'I'm going to turn you into authorities if you don't pay up right now,'" President Elect of the BBB Reanna Smith-Hamblin said.

The scam victim did some research and called the BBB.

According to Smith-Hamblin, this online relationship was developed as part of a scam.

"It's scary and it does catch people off guard," said Smith-Hamblin. "You're in love, you haven't had love in a long time, you want to believe it's real. For some people it's hard enough to get online much less start to talk to someone think it's legitimate and learn it's a scam."

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Smith-Hamblin said anyone who dates online should be on the lookout for red flags.

The BBB warns people should get suspicious if a person you meet online keeps putting off meeting in person. It can also be a red flag if a person claims they're traveling abroad.

The BBB advises to never give someone money who you meet online.

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