Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.

Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.

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They ask you to: Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine?

If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer.

During the Iowa drought of 1936, while the hybrid seed corn stood tall on the neighbor’s farm, the crop on the Rogers' farm wilted. Rogers had no plans to attend university until a school teacher drove him and some classmates to Ames to visit Iowa State University. He helped the UNM launch a doctoral program in communication with a special emphasis on cross-cultural and intercultural contexts.

As Fulbright Lecturer, Rogers taught the National University of Colombia in Bogotá (1963-1964) and at the University of Paris in France (1981).

And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.

After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.

The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.

The first step is to be aware of common dating sites and apps (many of which are intended to look inconspicuous) so that if you stumble upon them on your spouse’s phone or web browser history, you’ll recognize them.