What Is Internet Dating Fraud?
Online dating has been a very popular way to get people connected, however, it has left some sad individuals wondering, "what is internet dating fraud?" Internet dating fraud is a very sad thing because the scam artists are using this method to get money from other people with no mercy. When I was single, I was addicted to online dating. I had run into some scam artists, and luckily, I was able to avoid them. They used different ways to try to get you in trouble like lying about what they are looking for, asking for money, etc. If you are new to online dating or still trying it out, you should understand the following facts about internet dating fraud.
- Bogus personal profiles. This is where all the internet dating fraud begins. The profiles are always served as a front on any dating sites. The scam artists pretend to be a single looking for true love. Pay very close attention to all the details like their biographies, income and pictures, etc. Occasionally, you can tell their profiles sound too good to be true. For example, they send you a message introducing themselves and nothing matches their profiles. Or, if they immediately talk about how they really need help regarding to their money problems, that is a very good sign of a possible internet dating fraud.
- Personal information disclosure. Let's say you are unable to spot out all these bogus personal profiles. The scam artists will gradually earn your trust by pretending to have a relationship with you. In order for them to get to know you better, you tell them everything in your life. Since you trust them totally, you disclose these things such as your family, work and of course, your financial information. At this point, if they keep asking about how much money you have in your bank accounts, your account and routing numbers, etc, you should realize that this is an internet dating fraud.
- Limited communication methods. The scam artists might have done a great job on keeping everything real, and you are totally falling for it. The current situation is you have been talking to them for quite sometime now. You have thought of chatting with them over the phone. Or, you would want to meet them in person. When you bring up these two ideas, they suddenly stop talking to you in the personal chat or through email. Another thing that can happen is that they will agree to communicate with you by phone or in person only if you are willing to give them money based on some lame excuses they make. You should be able to recognize these two scenarios are good indications of internet dating fraud.