He asked the Boise woman to wire him the money in his time of need. When she started to recognize red flags, she questioned the man of his intentions and identity.
Soon after, she started getting texts from someone claiming to represent the Ohio Police Department stating they have verified the identity of the man she was talking to and confirmed he “is a good person and that it is OK to resume dating him.” That’s when she knew it was a ruse.
If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.
Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.
Mark Brooks of Online Personals Watch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love.
Millions are lost to these scammers each year – and worse still, the crime may be underestimated, as victims are often too distraught to reveal the extent of their losses.
Most romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites created by stealing photos and text from real accounts or elsewhere.
Scammers often claim to be in the military or working overseas to explain why they can’t meet you in person.Seeking Arrangement caters to a very specific type of relationship, but the lessons here should apply to other dating sites and even to other aspects of digital life, Leroy Velasquez, a Seeking Arrangement spokesman, tells . It's a really crappy version of what a man or woman would get on a dating profile," he says."Because of the fact that we do cater to wealthy demographic, we do get an influx of scammers," he says. Seeking Arrangement got its latest stats from screening new profiles over 10 months.People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.Spotting scammers is getting harder – but there are still ways to ensure you stay safe, Brooks says.