Online dating has become a popular way of meeting people. It’s a lot easier to find people that share your interests and values, and it can be a lot less pressure than going on a date with someone you just met. However, there are some risks involved. One of the biggest risks is being scammed by romance scammers. These scams have been around for more than ten years now, but they continue to be one of the most common ways for people to get their personal information stolen. Read on to learn how you can avoid being scammed by romance scammers!
What is a romance scam?
A romance scam is when someone pretends to be interested in you on a dating site, social media, or an app, and asks for money from you.
When you sign up for a dating site or app like Tinder or Match.com, the site will ask for your personal information to create an account. Scammers can use this information to find out your name and address.
They might pretend to be someone who shares your interests and values – which is why they targeted you in the first place – and begin texting or chatting with you. They may say they need money because they lost their wallet at the airport or got robbed while traveling abroad. The scammer claims that if you send them money, they’ll repay it once they get home. They may also say it’s an emergency situation that requires them to take care of something now before heading back home.
Do not send any money! You should never send somebody money if they don’t already know who you are!
How scammers work
Scammers are looking for people who are ready to have a relationship. They are very persuasive, so they can usually get what they want without even trying too hard. Scammers typically use promises of love to get information from their victims.
A scammer will usually spend about six months building up a fake identity before attempting to ask for money or personal information. The scammers often have fake social media accounts which portray themselves as being successful and single.
When the scammers find someone that is interested in them, they will send messages that are meant to create an emotional connection between them and their victim. Once the scammer gets their victim hooked on this emotional connection, they will try to strike up a conversation about exchanging personal details like email addresses or phone numbers.
How to outsmart them
The first thing you want to do is know the signs. The most common sign of a romance scam is someone who is unusually persistent, even if you’ve not shown interest in them. Scammers want to build a sense of urgency so they can convince you to take action quickly. They often use this feeling of urgency to trick people out of money by making them believe they need to send money right away or else something bad will happen.
Another sign of a romance scam might be someone who only speaks with you through email, Skype, or text messages. These are all easy ways for scammers to protect themselves from being found out and leaving an identifiable trail behind. If they were really interested in communicating with you, they would want to give you their number and/or provide more information about themselves.
Scams also tend to be very personal and sexual from the beginning, which can make it hard for people who are not ready for that kind of relationship to turn off that behavior. It’s important to remember that these scammers prey on those looking for love and those who have been hurt in the past—even though they have no intention of fulfilling those needs.
Scammers in the future
Let’s talk about the future for a minute. You’ve been talking to someone online, and they seem really nice. They have a good job, they live in a nice area, and they have a great personality.
The problem is, you haven’t met them in person yet. But they seem so great! They have all of these things going for them, and they even sound like your dream partner.
Wouldn’t it be tempting to just go ahead and send them some money? After all, there are some pretty expensive costs involved in dating—especially if you want to meet people who live far away from you.
But here’s the thing: Romance scammers need money too! Just because someone seems like a good match doesn’t mean that they’re not a scammer! Scammers often ask for money as soon as they start talking to you on an online dating site. They know that if you feel an emotional connection with them quickly, then you’ll more likely fall into their trap.