Warning signs of online dating scams
It makes you perfect prey for scammers looking to hook you into their scams. They Live Outside The US These men will often say they live in metropolitan cities in the US but their work takes them elsewhere in the world. and, of course, to wait for him because he can't wait to meet you. Scamming Women Is Their Job Most of these men are from developing countries. Men there who are willing to con you have learned that in a couple of hours a day, they can easily communicate with women in the US, find their weak spots and make a fortune. They give themselves romantic names like Valentino and Antonio.
They speak with British accents, something American women easily fall for. They will send you pictures of themselves and they're usually drop dead gorgeous. They are often shots of handsome models posing in hats, sunglasses, holding products like beer or wine standing in front of tall buildings in urban landscapes, or posing by expensive cars. What They Talk About As you chat for hours every day, scammers will find your weak spots.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
So I told her, if you can't break contact yet, at least stay open to the possibility that he is a scammer and if he asks you for money, promise me two things. Let me tell you, it was not easy, but it would have been harder if she hadn't had support from an objective source.
Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.