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How to Spot an Online Dating Scammer
02-17-14

 

How to Spot an Online Dating Scammer


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The new crime wave spreading across the Internet is Online Dating Scams. Anyone can be targeted. You do not have to be rich and you do not have to be stupid. You just have to be looking for love. And love is the tool they use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets. Learn how to spot a scammer and protect yourself.

Steps

 

  1. Note any age difference in which you are the older one. Online dating scammers usually target people older than themselves. In the case of a male scammer, they will target middle aged women in their 50's to 60's. They believe these people to be ideal targets as they are usually richer and more vulnerable.
  2. Look for the following descriptions in their profile:
    • self employed, a professional (e.g. an engineer) working overseas
    • a widower with a child
    • they live near you in your country and will be returning soon

  3. Look closely at e-mails they send you. The scammer will send you an email which is full of discrepancies, often getting their own name or your name wrong. It will be badly written and repeat itself. It will suggest that the communication switch to phone calls and texting asap.
  4. When you hear them on the phone, note whether they have a slight accent and use awkward phrases.
  5. Be suspicious of rapid escalation. The phone calls and the texting rapidly escalates in expressions of love and passion and within a matter of 5 to 6 weeks they will tell you that they have fallen in love.
  6. Watch out for the catch. When they think they have you on their hook, this is when they reel you in. They will tell you they are on their way home to be with you to start a new life together. But then out of the blue they will say they have a financial emergency. They will ask for money to be sent to them immediately to get them out of a fix. If you do not send them money, they will pull out the trust card, saying: Where there is no trust, there can be no relationship.


Tips

 

  • Never provide specific information like addresses or home phone numbers.
  • Do not supply additional images of yourself or your family as these can be used by a scammer to scam someone else.
  • Ask to meet. If you cannot meet a potential partner, they probably do not exist.
  • Never tell a potential date any detailed financial information.
  • Never give personal background information as this can be used for identity theft.
  • If you suspect you are being scammed, stop contact immediately and report the scammer to the authorities. In Australia there is a website called www.scamwatch.gov.au. There are similar sites in other countries.


Warnings

 

  • If you are being contacted by a mobile with a +4470 +4475 or a +6010 or +6013 prefix, it is probably scammer. These are the prefixes used by scammers in the UK and Malaysia at the moment. And these scammers work in teams.
  • Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


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