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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for “romance” scams in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.

To recognize and avoid romance scams, follow these tips. Copy the images your online correspondent has posted to his or her profile, then run them through a reverse-image search engine, such as Tin Eye or Google Images.

If the images come up associated with a person who has another name or lives in a different city, you have good reason to suspect they were stolen from someone else’s profile.

• Talk to friends and family members about any online relationships, even if the other person asks you to keep the relationship a secret.

• Don’t send money to someone you’ve only met online, even if you have developed a close online relationship with the individual.

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According to a recent Consumer Reports Online Dating Survey of more than 114,000 subscribers, among the respondents who were considering online dating but were hesitant, 46 percent said they were concerned about being scammed. “Typically the scammer builds trust by writing long letters over weeks or months and crafting a whole persona for their victims,” says David Farquhar, Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI.

“That big investment gives victims a false sense that the relationship must be real.” Eventually a pitch for money comes.

Conduct internet searches and check with independent sources to verify the person’s claims.

• Be careful about accepting friend requests on Facebook or other sites, even if you think you know the person making the request.

The internet has revolutionized the world of dating, but it is also a new breeding ground for scams. One way to check is to do a reverse image search on Google. It will allow you to either upload the profile photo or paste it directly from the web site.