With more than 2000 sites dedicated to dating, the internet is full of romance- and rip-offs. How do you avoid opening your heart and your wallet to a prince or princess too charming to be true? For most of us, finding love on the internet can be a gift from heaven. However, for others, it can be a life-ruining decision. Internet dating is no longer safe, and precautions must be taken to be safe!
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners often via dating websites and social media platforms by pretending to be prospective companions. They play emotional trigger to get you provide money, personal items and gifts to them. The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also know how to spot them before they begin.
How online dating scams work
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites but scammers often make use of email and social media to make contact.
Scammers typically create fake online profiles that are designed to lure you in. They also use fictional names and falsehood on their identities by associating themselves with trusted people such as military personnel, professionals working abroad and aid workers.
These scammers often express strong emotional affections over a short period and convince their victims to move away from a website to a more private channel, such as a phone, email or private messaging.
Scammers go a greater length of gaining your interest and trust. They even shower you with loving words and gifts and even share personal information for deeper attachment.
Once these scammers gain your trust, they will ask you either subtly or directly for gifts, money or your banking and credit card details. They will possibly ask you to send them photos of yourself in an intimate posture.
In most cases, scammers will pretend to be in need of money for some sort of personal emergency. They may claim to have a severely sick family member who needs immediate medical attention such as an expensive operation. They may also claim to be in an unfortunate hardship due to business issues or mugging on the street.
Scammers may also pretend to want to travel to visit you, but they cannot afford it not until you can lend them money to cover flight and other travel expenses. Sometimes, scammers may send you valuable items such as a laptop or a mobile phone and ask you to resend them somewhere. They may also ask you to buy goods yourself and send them somewhere.
Dating and romance scammers pose a huge risk to your personal safety. They form a greater ring of international criminal networks. Regardless of the way you can be scammed, you end up losing money and valuables to people who do not have your interest at their heart.
Always be wary of the warning signs. You meet someone looking for love online and after just a short period, they profess strong emotional feelings for you and ask to chat you in private. Their profiles and descriptions will always look different on various platforms. After gaining your trust, they will craft cunning stories to extort money out of you.