According to statistics, there are thousands of online dating scams. Dating site statistics show that nearly 40% of people who participate in online dating are scammers.
One way for scammers is to ask for personal information such as your email address or your home phone number. They usually will establish a phony email, phone number, or web-based registration. They will create a profile with a charming picture that gains attention. Once you are made to believe that you have found “The One”, a scam artist will call you late at night and may even suggest a very romantic date. It may sound very innocent enough to some, but most people don’t pick up on these scams.
Here are some dating scams that you may encounter:
- You may encounter an online dating scammer who will contact you and attempt to persuade you to join a particular online dating site. He may even ask if you are interested in joining the same dating site. If you accept the offer, you will be asked to provide your credit card information. If you believe this is sincere, you may give your card information to the scammer. If you determine that it is a scam, you can cancel your membership and report the scam to the dating site.
- There is also the possibility that you will encounter a website scammer. He is likely to be a person who is new to this, and is just trying to earn a quick commission. He will create a profile, and will contact you before you make the change to your profile. He will likely ask you to provide your credit card information, which you should do. Once you have provided your credit card information, he will leave you a message stating that you have brand new profile, and you will be required to fill out your credit card information as well. This is likely to be a model of a scammer for you, but you can review prior messages to determine if this one is suspicious.
- You may also encounter a romance scammer. These individuals will likely contact you just like the previous two types of scams, and then they will likely ask you to provide your credit card information. They will likely never ask you for personal information other than your address, and they may even ask you to deposit money. Once they have your personal information and the code to withdraw the funds, they will leave a message stating that they have already sent the money to the other party. It is possible that you may never hear from the scammer again, or be able to pursue the matter further, but you should definitely alert your friends and family members about the situation.