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Arthouse/Rug Sale Scam: A young “art student" will approach a visitor (often at large tourist sites) and ask if s/he likes artwork created by local students.
BBB advises online users to watch out for signs of a catfish scam Although National Catfish Day is an annual observance on June 25 to celebrate the catfish, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants to warn consumers of another type of catfish: a dating scammer.
Since 2015, nearly 50 catfish scams have been reported to BBB Scam Tracker, resulting in nearly 0,000 in losses nationwide.
Texans have reported more than ,000 in losses to catfish scams.
“At first, we went out to public places, and it wasn’t until after he spent the weekend at my house that he revealed he was living on his friend’s couch,” she said. “Financial scammers are motivated by money,” Davis said.
The visitor is often taken to a dimly lit back room and given a menu with small print.
One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow.
In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.
An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist.
Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country.
They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.