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Too good to be true is no good for you

Check your logic before you pay up

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Predators use a variety of scams to catch their prey. Whether you’re falling for a romance scam, a financial scam or an imposter scam, use your head not your heart before you decide to make a big purchase. These scammers took billions from American pockets in 2020 alone.

Have you fallen for “the one”? Be careful you haven’t fallen for an online romance scam. Dating app scammers embezzled $304 million in 2020. Remember, money can’t buy you love.

Slow down. Financial scammers use false urgency to make you buy before you’ve had a second to think. Studies show that a time limit can decrease a person’s use of logic. Don’t let anyone rush you into handing over your savings before you’ve thought it out.

Are you sure you’re paying a legitimate person for what you’re buying? Imposter scams cost U.S. consumers $1.2 billion in 2020. Spend the extra minute to scope out the recipient of your hard-earned cash.

Be on the lookout for scams that will wipe out your bank account. Scammers can take advantage of your urgency to find true love online or score a great deal before it’s gone. Take the time to make sure you’re sending your money to a source you can trust.