A dating scam is predominantly found on the internet
where you are looking to meet people and possibly develop a relationship.
The internet has become a very popular way to meet people
due to the cost effectiveness of being able to reach so many people from
around the country or around the world.
Sadly however, there is a dark side to online dating. If
you place a personal advertisement on the internet you are a potential
victim for professional con artists and internet predators who entice
unsuspecting hearts into a web of deception.
The internet offers you the opportunity to be anonymous
when looking to meet people, however that also offers online predators the
opportunity to be a wolf in sheep's clothing! They can use any photo they
wish in their profile, and use all the appropriate words to come across as a
Their goal is your money, but by the time they get that,
they have your heart also, so the loss is not just financial - it is usually
a heartbreak as well!
Does a Dating Scam Work?
A person registers on an online dating site and
then creates a profile and may include a photo
A scammer contacts the person and expresses an
interest in getting to know them better
The victim and scammer correspond and usually the
scammer encourages the victim to move off the dating site contact system
and continue via email so that the dating site can't
monitor the scammer
The scammer builds up trust with the victim and photos
are exchanged. The scammer has stolen photos from other internet sites
so the photos the victims sees are not that of the scammer
Once the relationship has been progressing a few weeks
[usually 2-6 weeks] the scammer will 'fall in love' with the victim
Then the scammer will ask for money for a variety of
Passport, visa, air tickets and travel insurance
Emergency medical expenses for her or her family due
to illness or accidents
Internet cafe expenses, cell phone
If the victim sends money, the scammer will continue to invent reasons for more money until
the victim has no more money, or realizes what is going on and stops
The scammer deletes the email address used with the
victim and continues with their other victims they are stringing along
at the same time
A variation to the internet dating scams is when the
scammer sets up a profile and waits for the victims to contact them.
They usually use a photo of a very attractive young woman as its
guaranteed to get hundreds of replies from men!
The scammers also stalk chat rooms and begin a
What to do for a
Once the scammer has asked for money, stop further
communications with them
Report them to the dating site
No matter how trustworthy they may seem, DO NOT SEND
If you have sent them money, your chances of getting
it back are really zero, but you should report it to the Police, Western
Union [if it was used] or Moneygram [if it was used]
If you are from the
US, you can also visit the Internet Fraud Complaint Center hosted by the
FBI at http://www.ic3.gov
in order to file a complaint.
See advice for the most popular dating scam
Advice for a Dating
Enjoy the relationship, but
DON'T SEND THEM MONEY OR CREDIT CARD OR BANK DETAILS!!! and then all you will
lose is your heart!
If you are a US
citizen, the Fraud Prevention Unit can verify the authenticity of any
U.S. visa via e-mail at FPMM@state.gov.
In addition, complete and authoritative information on applying for a
U.S. visa is available on the Department of State’s webpage on
Visa Information for Temporary Visitors.
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