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Articles » Dating site scams: What are they and who are the scammers?
Dating site scams: What are they and who are the scammers?
Author: Admin, Posted on: Monday, October 01, 2012
Of course, it’s flattering to be the focus of a beautiful woman’s attention. But is she really who she says she is? And, is she really attracted to you … or your money?
A quick search of the internet will pull up any number of reports of individuals who have been separated from their money by “women” they have met online or through genuine dating sites. But who are these internet scammers and how do they operate? Below, you will find a primer outlining just who you could be dealing with should you choose to begin a relationship on line and not do your homework first.
How do they work?
The set up for these scams is pretty simple:
The scammer registers with one of the popular dating sites out there and creates a profile. They’ll probably include a photo (usually of some drop-dead gorgeous looking woman – this should be your first clue that all is not right). They’ll include some personal information and make themselves as appealing as possible for their prospective prey.
Usually the victim will be contacted by the fraudster, they’ll strike up a conversation, express their interest and correspondence will start between the two
Over time, the scammer will carefully develop a seemingly genuine relationship with the victim, playing on their emotions until they feel they are dealing with a legitimate woman and they are involved in a real relationship with them.
It’s at this point that the scammer will begin requesting money. They’ll use various reasons to try to get you to part with your money: they are sick and can’t afford a doctor, they need money for school, they have to pay for translation services, and they may even say they want to come and visit you but can’t afford the airfare. It’s all lies and designed to do nothing more than convince you to send them your hard earned cash.
At some point (usually after they have already lost a significant amount of their money) the victim will become suspicious and start asking questions. It’s too late of course; by then they already have the victim’s money and possibly even more valuable information that they can use to impersonate the victim and wreak even more havoc. And that cute girl you were speaking with for all those months? Well, she’s gone and has found another victim.
Who am I really dealing with?
There is no easy answer to this question. The truth is they could be anybody and located anywhere in the world. There are a lot of dishonest people out there and you could be dealing with any one of them. Scammer’s operate out of many countries and are very adept at hiding their tracks and pretending to be someone who they are not.
What can I do to make sure this never happens to me?The simple answer is: educate yourself and be aware of the tell-tale signs that you may be being targeted by a scam artist. Our site has the largest collection of reports, data and corroborating evidence available anywhere on the internet. If you even suspect that you may be caught in the web of a scammer, you should check her out here as soon as possible.