Online Dating Scams
Online dating is now one of the easiest ways to meet new people and develop relationships. Each day, more and more people are joining the search. Many of them end up finding their matches and go on to live long, love-filled, happy lives. On the other hand, there are those who prey on the vulnerable. Online scammers have become a major problem for the online dating community because it is hard to determine if the person with whom you're communicating is real or not. We’re going to be taking a look at some of the online dating scams that have victimized.
First and foremost, let’s understand that even though online dating scams take on a variety of forms, the one thing they have in common is the most obvious: money. If the subject of money comes up quickly with your new online “friend," then proceed with caution. These scammers are smart, patient, and worst of all willing to break your heart in order to get paid.
In some situations, the scammers will skip all the pleasantries and ask for money straight out. One of the better known scams is the “Nigerian” scam and its different variations. This is a scam where your new potential love will be living in or is “stuck” in some African country. They will say that they have a lot of money in the form of money orders that they cannot cash there. They offer to send them to you so you can cash them at your bank and then wire the money back. The money orders will be forgeries and you may even find yourself charged by your bank for submitting them. However, they can take several weeks to process, so many people fall for these online dating scams and wire the money before they find out what is truly going on.