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. Dating and romance scams may also use email to make contact and they have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. Scammers will often create very realistic profiles online, and will share information to seem quite legitimate. They are likely to target over 45s who are looking for relationships and are in a comfortable financial position. Scammers will aim to gain your trust and friendship, and will then seek an opportunity to ask for assistance to pay for flights, medical bills etc.
Here's a fictional story illustrating how a scam may play out on a dating site: Jessica, an Australian businesswoman in her forties met a man called Martin on an online dating website. Martin's profile said that he was an Australian, but stationed in Ghana as an aid worker. He was a widower with a 10 year old daughter. Martin's photo showed that he was attractive, well-dressed but not too formal.
Today we focus on online dating dating scams. Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so especially the third and fourth scams. Naturally, we offer tips to help you protect yourself from these online dating scams. Could your soul mate be waiting for you somewhere out there in cyberspace?
Unfortunately, the internet is full of scammers. Most dating sites are full of them, and many sites don't bother to get rid of scammers - because scammers look good Connecting Singles is different - we take great effort to get rid of scammers.