Tuesday Buzz: Daters Beware

Before you go online to find a Valentine’s Day date, check out an infographic from the ABA Foundation and the FTC for signs you’ve been targeted by an online dating fraudster. Also: how to find the perfect venue for your next meeting.

If you’re considering hopping onto an online dating site or app to find a last-minute valentine, be sure to keep your guard up for potential scammers.

A new infographic from the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that online dating scams are on the rise.

“According to the FBI, reports of online romance scams have tripled over the last five years, with more than $220 million lost in 2016,” says an ABA Banking Journal post. “Online romance scams typically involve a fraudster creating a fake profile to lure in victims, establishing a romantic relationship, and eventually extorting money from their victims, which frequently include older Americans.”

The infographic lists common signs of dating scams and shares a few tips for what to do if you’re targeted. If someone online asks you to wire them money, don’t do it. And report your experience to the FTC and the FBI.

This infographic is a helpful social shareable that banking professionals can use to educate consumers.

Location, Location, Location

Event pros know that a venue can have a huge impact on the success of a meeting.

The Event Manager Blog offers up a thorough guide for finding the perfect venue and also provides information on the emerging trends affecting venue selection.

While hotels still reign supreme for event pros, unusual venues like art galleries, theaters, and museums are being chosen more frequently. “Unique venues stimulate curiosity and engagement with the experience being proposed,” writes Julius Solaris. “Unique venues are often incredibly creative spaces that challenge attendees to break schemes and evaluate the event on the basis of what they see rather than on their expectations.”

Other Links of Note

Structured education isn’t everything. CMSWire details a few ways your organization can use your intranet to promote continuous learning.

Social media can help your organization grow membership. SocialFish breaks down three ways how.

You already know about Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories, but now Google is launching its own version. The company is previewing search result “stories” for mobile, reports The Verge.

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Raegan Johnson

By Raegan Johnson

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