Online Dating Scams
Who Is At Risk Of Online Dating Scams?
Over the past couple of decades, online dating has grown in popularity to become the widely-accepted norm. This shift in society’s way of meeting people leads us to be less cautious about meeting strangers online. This newfound comfort in talking to strangers leaves room for professional scammers and social engineers to make their way into your life, and eventually into your bank account.
Many assume the individuals falling for these plots are vulnerable and lonely people who are unable to find a date offline. The truth is that doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and people of all ages from all walks of life have fallen for such scams. Considering the detailed personas these criminals build for their victims, anyone could fall for online dating scams.
Dating and romance fraud often happens through popular dating sites, but these scammers use social media as well. They make fake profiles with fictional names, pictures, and professions. These con artists often claim to be from a location near you, but say they’re currently working in other countries, so conveniently, they can’t meet you in person. These professional manipulators go to great lengths to gain your trust and your interest, often using details from your social media accounts to their advantage. They shower you with loving words, intimate conversations, and sometimes even gifts.
Over time, once they’ve gained your trust, they will ask you for money, gifts, or bank account details. Often, they play up some sort of personal emergency, or claim they want to visit you but lack the funds to do so–and once you’re emotionally invested, these stories seem believable.
Here’s a few warning signs to look out for when looking for love online:
Unfortunately, when meeting potential love interests online, you should always assume the possibility of a scam. Be very cautious about sharing pictures or your personal information with strangers.
Finally, never send money to someone you haven’t met in person. Emotional investment can cloud your judgement, remember to follow your head and not your heart when it comes to online dating.
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THINGS TO REMEMBER
No one is immune from online scams.
Never send money to someone you haven’t met in person.