In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.Understanding how to spot a scam when you begin to date online is a way for you to ensure you are protecting yourself and your identity any time you begin to get to know someone new online.Although using an online dating community is a great way to meet new people, make friends and find true love, it is important to stay safe and protected at all times until you feel genuinely comfortable with getting to know and share more with the other individual you are connecting with online.Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
For the scammers seeking out vulnerable women is sadly their job.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
If you’re looking for love online, unfortunately there are plenty of people there to take advantage of your vulnerable heart, and what they hope will be your open wallet.
The question always comes up–why would people do this? The Internet is a virtual playground for those looking to trick people out of their money.