Dating & romance

By Reader’s Digest Editors Shares With over 1, sites devoted to dating, the Internet is ripe for romance — and rip-offs. How do you avoid opening your heart — and your wallet — to a prince or princess too charming to be true? Start by taking these precautions. Never reveal personal data to someone until you meet face-to-face and develop a level of trust. Pay attention to language. Many of those who commit these crimes are from West Africa and the former Soviet republics. Use search engines to check out suitors. When Bernstein met someone online who seemed too good to be true, she cut and pasted one of his e-mails into Google.

Online Dating Scams

They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging.

They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas.

He sent heart-wrenching photos of a young girl, who appeared to be his daughter’s age, hooked to a raft of medical monitors.

A new study has raised concern, as more children are talking to and meeting people they meet online, with dangerous consequences. When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home — and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport — a new crisis struck. By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer. Though the amounts and details of the scam vary from victim to victim, when it comes to romance scams, the con is almost always the same: The crook wants to get a besotted victim to wire money or provide access to a credit card.

If the victim doesn’t figure out the con after the first request for cash, the crook will keep milking the relationship for as much as he or she can get. When the victim gets wise, the con artist gets scarce.

6 red flags for online dating scams

Debbie Shall Nov 21, “Thank you. This basically is what I have been going through, only I haven’t been asked for money yet. He has sent me 3 gifts from Shutterfly with a picture of him and his daughter. Your advice tells me it might be a scam. Stout Jun 6, “It’s true people. I am currently playing along with a scammer who is pretending to be a beautiful woman who is very much in love with me.

I now know what I need to do.

Signs of an Internet Dating Scam

He got no money.

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He was at the hospital.

6 red flags for online dating scams

Ditto someone who claims to be a soldier.

Online Dating Scams

He found out when he discovered his photos were on a romance scam site warning about the same Nigerian crook who had stolen his photos.

6 red flags for online dating scams

According to Bernstein, this will allow you to see where on the Internet the photo has appeared.