(We don’t know the statistics for women.) Although it’s often very difficult to know whether or not someone is married, here are four tips to help you spot the warning signs: Some online dating scams aren’t dates at all, but a scam to hit you up with marketing emails or other spam.
This annoying online danger usually happens when you first create your online profile and start chatting with other members. Don’t give out your email address before you’re certain of who you’re dealing with.
Dating scams are probably as old as civilization itself.
But like all things driven down the information super highway, online dating is one way dating scams have picked up speed.
usually involves this scheme: the scammers upload fake attractive photos, in most cases of white people.
They pretend to be the foreign specialists working in Nigeria or Ghana (usually originally from US and UK, but it may also be Canada, Australia or any other European country).
Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).
Men are usually widowed engineers, building contractors, military, vet doctors, surgeons or antique dealers.You’re asked almost instantly for your email address and are suddenly inundated with spam. And then use a separate address (as we suggested above) that you can easily cancel if you start to get a lot of spam.Certainly the most common serious, and perhaps the most hurtful, the shakedown is an online dating scam usually run by an overseas woman (or even more common, a man posing as a woman).The person pretends to get to know you and like you. Steer clear of any date that asks you to send her money.At some point “she” asks for money, sometimes in order to come visit you or because someone is ill. Finally, if a person’s emails don’t seem to be following earlier conversations or contradict things that were already said, it could be your “dream date” is using a scripted seduction, copied from a previous target.Women are usually nurses, models, charity or UNICEF workers or antique dealers.After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.Case: The six, who were arrested by Hampshire Police, are alleged to have asked women to hand over cash to men they met on the site.They were remanded in custody at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court (pictured) today 'While the authorities and dating sites work closely together to ensure a safe environment on the internet, we encourage everyone to apply the same caution when meeting people online as they would meeting through friends or in a bar.And if so, how can you avoid dating scams that might lurk there as well? residents paid 0 million on online dating and personals in 2006, capturing the largest segment of paid content anywhere on the World Wide Web.If you’ve ever been tempted to try online dating, you’re not alone. Online dating scams range from minor white lies to outright thievery.