Report from FBI indicated that romance scam is the highest financial losses of all internet facilitated crimes with losses of over $230m.
The internet age is making most things possible, including of course for those looking for love through online dating. This means that ‘SPECIAL PERSON’ can come from anywhere in the world, even from a country that one has never visited. This is where online relationship scams come in. These scammers take undue advantage of human need for love, affection and companionship.
Fake Social Media Profile
Online relationship scam can happen to anyone, indeed anyone who is on dating website is susceptible. These scammers fabricate and exaggerate their social media profiles, get others to follow them to boost their profiles, all to trick you into falling for them. Do not trust the photo displayed on the social media, it is usually culled from old magazines. Men are targeted by photos of extremely attractive females, while men pose as very successful.
Will avoid face to face meeting
This is because they are not genuine, and the cat will be let out of the bag. They are likely to be away on ‘overseas assignment’, a perfect excuse for not being able to meet up with you for now.
Request for money
This is the only reason he is on the dating website in the first instance, to scam others by asking for money for non existence medical emergencies, either for self or family members. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person, especially when you are on a dating website.
All dating websites are susceptible
All dating websites are susceptible. Do not think you can pick and choose a website based on ‘quality’, as these scammers prowl on virtually on all websites, so be cautious.
one out of ten sex offenders get their victims online. Ten percent of all dating sites are scams, and twenty five percent of rapist use dating sites to seek their next victims.