How to avoid online dating scams

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Typically, a man comes into contact with a scammer through an online dating agency.

The scammer will have photos showing a young and attractive woman though her profile may say she’s from America or England.

Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.

He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.

At this point she will set the victim up as her knight in shining armor, the only one who can help her.

She might just need money to pay her bills but will probably want desperately to come and visit him in his Western nation.

Just like face-to-face dating, singles online try to put their best foot forward.The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.Her monthly salary is only a few hundred dollars, all Russian men are drunks and maybe her family died in a tragic accident or they are ill and in need of surgery.Heart strings are pulled and victims are sucked in.The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.

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