Warning signs of online dating scams
People looking online for friendships, romance, love and marriage wind up getting their emotions abused, their hearts broken and their bank accounts drained. Today, online dating and social media websites offer quick and easy ways to meet someone.
That's the whole point of an online-problem known as an online romance scam—to gain someone's affection for the sole purpose of taking their money. And that's what people are doing in record numbers.
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.
Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone.
But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money.
If you paid a romance scammer with a gift card, contact the company that issued the card right away.
Like other scams, internet dating scams are based on trust.
The scammer or con artist becomes your friend, earns your trust, or even gets you to “fall” for them before they blindside you with requests for money.
Tell them you paid a scammer with the gift card and ask if they can refund your money.
It's happening all the time and is still a major problem and concern. Virtually every human being desires companionship and attention, especially if we're not getting it at the moment, haven't been involved with someone in a long time, or are recovering from a breakup.