The Telltale Signs of Dating Scams and How To Spot It

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Published on May 26th, 2015 | by Joan Makai

We all have that dream of finding ‘the one’ and living happily with him ever after. And technology has not controlled that one bit. In fact, if you can’t find ‘the one’ in your usual hangout spots or from that blind date your friend set up, you can do so online!

There are so many online dating sites these days and a lot of people – single, heartbroken, ready to mingle again or otherwise – can be found there.

Sadly, there are some people taking advantage of those who are just out there looking for love. Let us face it – and we have all been there – love-struck beings are emotionally defenseless to easy charm. And it is easier to scam someone who is vulnerable.

There are different ways of getting scammed in an online dating site. Some would just make you fall in love with them and ask for gifts every now and then. There are some who would play the poor, penniless man and ask for money. Others have criminal intentions like getting personal information especially information regarding your financial records or involve you in pornography.

How to Spot an Online Dating Scammer

It’s pretty easy how to spot one, really. But you must be more perceptive than usual.

First, their profile picture seems too good to be true. If he looks like a model – like those really clean, well-edited photos in magazines – it’s probably a fake photo. Why would a flawless model-look alike look for a date online when he can have a line of prospective dates on his turf?

After a few exchange, he already professes great love for you then suggests that you take the relationship to the next level. In this case, it would be on e-mail, instant messaging or even on mobile.

Now, some are willing to spend a bit at first, sending you flowers and boxes of chocolates. This is a ruse, of course. After that, they will want something even greater in return. They will ask you for more expensive things, premium gifts or even money.

How to Protect Yourself

Dating scams are rampant so do everything you can to guard your back, on in the case of online dating your profile. Ask for his Facebook account and see if he’s got friends (having less than 100 friends is suspicious) and if whatever he says matches up with the information in his accounts. Don’t impart anything too personal about yourself, especially your accounts. A good, honest person won’t ask for gifts or money from people they are supposed to love.

Again, be more intuitive. Love happens at first sight, sure. But in the world of online dating, that is a rarity. With preys lurking on the web waiting for their next victim, there’s nothing wrong with being cautious and it won’t hurt to be a little on guard when it comes to online love and finding happiness on the web.

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