Whether you have given up on the bar scene, don't have a lot of time to devote to going to singles mixers, or you're just shy, for whatever reason, you have turned to the world of online dating. Sometimes it's great, other times it can seem like the 7th level of digital dating hell. Maybe some of your other single friends have helped you get your bearings, giving you the names of some dating apps and services to try. Getting started in the whole online dating process can be somewhat intimidating. As you start to fill out your online dating profile, you begin to think about all the personal information you're providing and wonder what is safe to post to your profile and what's not safe.
How to prove and fight online dating and romance scams
How to prove and fight online dating and romance scams | CSO Online
As the number of dating sites and social media apps has gone up , so too has the number of romance scams reported — from 17, in , 11, in , and 8, in The Cut spoke to the victim of one such scam, Debby Montgomery Johnson, now 60, who lost more than a million dollars to a scammer between and How did you meet the man who would eventually scam you? My husband passed away suddenly in
Romance fraud happens when someone believes they have met their perfect match through an online dating site or app, but the other person is in fact a scammer using a fake profile to build the relationship. They slowly gain your trust with a view to eventually asking you for money or obtaining enough personal details to steal your identity. It plays on the need we all have for love and companionship and many people fall victim every year.
When you are ready to get out into the dating scene, you want to believe that everyone you encounter is in the same boat as you. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage and strength to join an online dating site or social group. With all the energy it took to put yourself out there, you are probably thinking that others feel the same way as you and that everyone is coming from a place of positivity and wanting to find someone special. Unfortunately, there are some dating scams out there, and if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A person will make an online profile with false information and pictures they get from online image searches, and this person could be a man posing as a man or a man posing as a woman, or it could be a woman posing as a woman or a woman posing as a man.