As the leading destination for short-form mobile video, TikTok is excited to celebrate this year's Valentine's Day. With more than 225B video views about #love, the world is buzzing with feelings this season. TikTok is committed to educating its community about the dangers of cybercriminals posing as a potential love interest online as finding companionship online surges on.
TikTok calls on people to take heed and follow these security tips:
• Take it slow - Ask questions and pay attention to inconsistencies that might reveal your online romantic interest is an impostor.
• Do your homework - Conduct a reverse image search of your online partner's profile photo (you can use images.google.com). If the results show the same profile photo on another site or with a different name attached, a scammer may have stolen it.
• Don't play games - Don't give away too much personal information to someone you only know online, and be extra cautious of people who make repeated attempts to meet up with you in person.
• Never show 'em the money - You should never send payments or agree to accept money from someone you've only met online or by phone.
• Listen to your heart, follow your head - If something seems amiss or if you suspect someone you met online isn't who they say they are, cut off all contact immediately and report to the relevant authorities.
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