For consumers who are searching for love or already in a relationship, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has information that may be helpful around Valentine’s Day.
Millions of Americans use online dating and social networking sites to meet people. But scammers also use these sites. They look for targets of any age and in any location, whom they can convince to send money in the name of love. The FTC encourages people active on dating sites to use their heads as well as their hearts, and to learn more about how to spot the signs of an online dating scam.
Flowers can say "I’m thinking of you" on Valentine's Day, and your local florist is likely just a phone call away. Or so you might think. But some unscrupulous telemarketing firms pose as local florists, charging unsuspecting customers higher fees and taking business away from legitimate local businesses. Consumers shopping for flowers around February 14 – or any time – should consider the consequences of dealing with a business in an undisclosed location and beware of hidden costs.
Checking your financial compatibility?
In a new relationship? It may be helpful to find out if you and your partner have a compatible approach to managing your finances. Couples can test their "fiscal attraction" with this quiz.