Avoid Online Dating Scams

by on July 21, 2011

As you probably already know – the online dating industry is huge, and it makes a lot of money, with that being said, there are also lots of scammers that are out there cashing in on this. By making yourself aware of this, you could possibly avoid some of the simplest scams that are out there.

Most of the dating scams that are out there are on free online social networks. I remember years back when I was on myspace and facebook everyday, I would always be getting emails and friend requests from smoking hot girls, they would say something along the lines of “hey cutie check out my pix” etc. Then that would lead you to a paid sex site of some sort – most of them which have cookie stuffing viruses and other malicious warez.

So if you get a message from someone that you know is way out of your league, and they have no friends in their social networking or online dating profile, then it is a good chance that the profile is nothing but a scam, trying to get your money one way or another.

Some of the bigger scams are done by people that make real profiles, and will even go as far as video chatting with you. Let me give you an example. You are living in the United States, and your an average looking guy, and some smoking hot girl contacts you online via the dating service, and let’s say that she is a couple thousand miles away from you.

You then respond to her message, and you two get to chatting, email exchanging, instant messaging, even you go as far as a video chat. She convinces you that she wants to come see you, but can’t afford it, so she then convinces you to pay for her ticket. You send her a money order or cash, and then you never hear from her again.

Yes it sounds a bit out there, and a little common sense would tell you don’t do it – but for some reason you think that it is going to work. Be very careful if you run into a similar situation like that.

One way that you can help avoid being scammed on online dating sites, or even social networking sites, is too join a paid one, one that has a good reputation, one that has a good BBB rating.

Reporting Internet Scams

If you see an odd message and you believe that it could be a scam, you can search the email address from which it came from, if you are on an online dating site, you can search the username in a search engine to see if anyone has complained about that person, this may or may not help. All I have to say that these con-artists will go a long ways to get your money, they will make up some bogus and heart touching stories, so please be careful when answering back to these messages.

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Dating Seekers April 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Most of these scams originate in Nigeria. It’s unreal how many months these Nigerian scammers will chat with you to convince you they are real and to win you over before they steal your money.

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Brett May 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Nigerian scammers can be very convincing – especially the men. I saw one TV show where the woman actually went to meet the Nigerian man who scammed her!
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