Warning signs of online dating scams
Because the bogus requests are urgent – for medical emergencies, crime victimization, etc.
– many victims send money, usually overseas, and then are repeatedly asked for more money.
If they earn your trust, they might talk you into sending pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature.
They're often not in the same city as you are, which means actually meeting them will always have to wait.
They make up a name, or steal the likeness of someone else...someone you might feel safe about, such as soldier, social aid worker or a professional working abroad.
Scammers go to great lengths to win you over and gain your trust and affection, just as a sincere romantic interest would do to win your heart.
According to the FTC, warning signs of internet dating fraud include “any request for money for any reason, and any mention of wiring money.”The FBI warns that criminals use online dating sites to “turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.” Here’s how one of the internet dating scams works: You are contacted online by someone who is interested in you.
Their profile seems like a perfect match, too good to be true, and it “But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money,” says FBI spokesperson Darrell Foxworth in a press release.