Don't get caught in a scam
Some advice from experts at the Better Business Bureau and Internet Crime Complaint Center:
Be on guard. Be especially cautious with people you only know through online messages and phone calls.
If possible, try Skype or video chat. Many scammers use fake photos to lure their victims but video messaging is much harder to fake.
Be cautious if someone claims to be local but happens to be out of the country.
Be your own detective. Use search engines to research the person's name and background. Look up their phone number to see if it's listed in the region they claim to be from.
Don't send explicit messages or photos.
Don't send anyone money.