Here are the four most common dating scams and what you can do to avoid them.
Also, the third scam victim’s story here is a good example of the fourth online dating scam. But online dates have the advantage of hiding behind a computer, making them seem a whole lot “dreamier” than they really are.An unpleasant surprise can often feel like — or be — a scam. If something sounds wrong — like a lawyer who says he’s 35 years old but has 25 years of professional experience — start asking questions.While many online dating sites take measures to identify fake profiles, phishing for genuine established accounts gives fraudsters the edge.If a legitimate profile has been in active use for several months without cause for concern, then compromising this profile will allow the fraudster to benefit not just from the plausible appearance of the profile, but also take over several ongoing conversations.
In 2011, a woman in Britain was tricked into sending more than $59,000 to a pair of fraudsters who pretended to have inherited millions of dollars from a military friend in Nigeria.