For those that are just venturing into the online dating world – have to be aware that there are many types of online dating scams that are out there. Most of these internet dating scammers make base in west Africa, Russia or China, but still keep your guard up because you never know if someone is truly out to scam you or not, but there are some very good warning signs that the person you are chatting with is a scammer.
The first red flag would be the profile photo, as scammers that flood online dating sites will steal an attractive photo from a celebrity or model and post the picture as their avatar for the dating profile. Another follow up to the profile picture is that there is only one, no more. This would be another red flag that you are dealing with an online dating scammer.
The most popular internet dating scams begin with the person messaging the victim, and doing everything possible to get them to email them on a personal email address and as far away from the dating site as possible.
Online scammers are really all about one thing, getting either your personal information, or getting you money. Being aware of this is half the battle when dealing with these thieves. Don’t fall for sob stories no matter how tragic they sound, if they are asking for money through wire transfer or any other means, this should raise a huge red flag and you should report them immediately.
What Do I Do if I Think Someone is Trying to Scam Me?
Contact the webmaster of the dating site immediately. You can also do an internet search for the suspect scammers screen name and see if they have many more profiles on the internet. See scammers don’t just hit up one site, they will expand to thousands of dating sites and social networks trying to make money and steal your information.
For more information on how to spot a scammer and report one you can see what the U.S. Government has to offer here.
One of the best articles I’ve read on internet dating scams … http://www.disabled-world.com/communication/disabled-dating/online-dating-scams.php
Stay safe and don’t let your emotions get the best of you especially if you have never met the person in real life before. Contact us here at LovesOasis if you have any concerns or feel that there are some scammer profiles in our database and we will handle the situation immediately.
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