With the development of the Internet, dating sites are becoming more and more popular. Numerous popular smartphone apps, such as Tinder appear. Unfortunately, there you can find not only the love of your life, but also scammers hunting for your money.
So, you decided to register on a dating site. What should be done?
Register on a free website or buy a subscription. Choose the site that best suits your interests. Fill in the form for your profile. Download the best photos. Start chatting with people you like and hope that you are lucky.
In addition to scammers who leave a trail of broken hearts and empty wallets, which we will describe below, you should know that distinguishing truth from lies on dating sites is sometimes very difficult.
Exaggeration of facts
On dating sites, people often embellish the truth. For example, a man who writes that his height is more than 180 cm, but in reality does not exceed 175 cm, or that he has a sports body, but in reality he is completely far from the description. Often people post their old photos to appear younger (and 40 kg less).
It makes no sense to lie, because in the end the truth comes up.
Dating sites operate on the principle that people make hasty conclusions. Closer to reality: I liked the man who wrote in his profile “I live on a horse farm and I have a house near the river.” He was completely honest. That was my guess, and my guesses rarely let me down. He really lives on a horse farm – on someone’s horse farm – or a farm shed. And he has a house by the river – well, really, not right by the river, as I hoped. There is simply a river in this small town where his house is located. And this is not exactly his house, it belongs to his family. And they want to sell it.
If you do not want disappointments, do not build big expectations, and you will be pleasantly surprised if you find yourself wrong.
Warning for seekers of love
Cupid’s arrow should hit you in the heart, not in the head. Here are some of the most common fraud schemes. Swindlers choose dating sites in search of romantics looking for love. Most often their goal is men over 40, divorced or widowed. However, every age group of men and women is at risk.
Fall in love with a scammer
The goal is to lure your money, or in some cases, use you to launder money. Here’s how it works: a scammer creates a fake profile that matches your interests on a dating site. Establishes communication with you, which lasts for several weeks, or even months, to establish a trusting relationship. Ultimately, they will ask you for money in one form or another. They say that they are traveling, or working abroad in difficult conditions, and your small cash gift will make their life easier.
What really happened? Most likely, this indicates the following: “You became a target of scammers most likely because of the information that you posted on a dating site or on social networks. Photos sent to you were taken from third-party websites from someone’s profiles. The profile was also fake. In addition to losing money because of the person who was cheating on you, you could unknowingly take part in a money laundering scheme by cashing out fake checks or sending stolen goods abroad.
Did you want to have my heart (or wallet)?
The goal of another common scam on dating sites is as follows. After meeting you are asked for a link to a profile on a social network. After being added as a friend, the conversation continues there, and becomes more intimate and personal. Later, they send you a link to the site where a copy of your conversations is posted, your photo and phone number stating that you are a scammer. To remove this information from the site, you will be asked to pay a certain amount of money.
Signs of an online swindler
Your online girlfriend is only interested in money, if she:
- insists to leave the dating site and continue communication using personal email or social networks
- instantly confesses love
- send you pictures that look like photographs from magazines
- plans to visit you, but at the very last moment the trip is postponed due to some tragic coming asks for money for various reasons (travel, medical care, paying a bill for a sick child, paying for Ukrainian passport, visa or other documents, etc.)