To do this safely, check out the guidelines in our earlier issues and note the following additional 10 action points: If you don’t fit any of these categories yourself (and, in all honesty, most of us don’t! If you’re looking for friendship or a new partner, we wish you good luck. Make sure, using our guidelines, you can identify those devious characters who run online dating scams, and then stand them up!
As you all know, more and more scammers are taking advantage of individuals who are looking for people with whom they can get romantic with.
They often join dating websites, social media, and as well as other dating apps and pretend to be someone who is interested in their prospective victim.
Scammers take advantage of the anonymity of the internet to create the 'perfect profile', making any number of promises to tempt their victims to letting their defences down. This will not happen immediately, however before long the scammer will ask for financial help for any number of reasons.
Almost always they will ask you to send money using an untraceable source such as electronic money transfer services (even using legitimate services, such as Western Union or Moneygram).
Online dating scams have been hitting the headlines with increasing frequency recently, causing not only heartache but a pain in the pocket.
In earlier issues, we explained how scammers try to strike up online relationships then, claiming to be stranded in another country or in desperate need to visit a sick relative, ask the victim to help pay for an airplane ticket.Scammers can sign up to online dating agencies or chat rooms just like anyone else.Many online dating sites allow anyone to join for free and they usually do not screen their members.Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.Crooks get contact details from numerous sources including hacked dating club accounts and social network listings, like Facebook, in which people “advertise” their “available” relationship status.