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Romance Scams Video

(February 2, 2012) To launch the second annual “Online Dating Safety Awareness Month” (every February), Online Dating Magazine has released a video giving a quick overview of romance scams. Did you know that romance scams generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue a year for scammers? That makes it one of the most profitable scam ventures in the world. And who are the victims? Those who participate in online dating and buy into the clever lies and web of deceit spun by the scammers to get you to fall in love with them.

How far will romance scammers go to profit from you? They’ll convince you they are “real” by having phone conversations with you in addition to your online communications. After the video, we’ve posted some things to be aware of to avoid romance scams.

Romance Scams Video

 

Tips to Avoid Romance Scams

– Don’t communicate with someone who says they are in the military/army/navy and currently stationed overseas.

– Don’t communicate with someone who says they travel a lot.

– Don’t continue communication with someone who makes excuses for not meeting you in person.

– Be leery of someone who tries to move the relationship with you forward via the computer.

– You may think that an overseas scammer wouldn’t pursue the scam on the phone, but that’s not the case. The scams have advanced to the level of phone conversations to help get you to fall in love with them.

– Romance scammers don’t ask for money right away. They wait until they know you have fallen in love with them then they create a dramatic, yet believable “emergency” requiring them to ask you for money (or something like a “new laptop”). Because love is blind, the scams are extremely successful.

– Scammers lie about everything. Their photos are fake, their profile is fake, their job is a lie, etc. If you allow yourself to start developing feelings for a “persona” you are communicating with, then that is a major red flag that you are susceptible to the scam.

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Posted by Joe Tracy - February 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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Online Dating Scams – BBB

The following video, from the CTnow TV’s Morning Show (out of Connecticut) is a news piece on the subject of online dating scams, that aired on Valentine’s Day 2011. The news segment includes an insightful interview with Howard Schwartz who is the Executive Director of Communications for the Connecticut Better Business Bureau. He provides some insightful tips on avoiding online dating scams, reminding you that the reason there are so many victims is because the perpetrators work hard via computer and phone to get you to love them, then to trust them, allowing them to be more successful with scams. Below the video are some tips from the Connecticut BBB.

If you’re participating in online dating and a person you’re communicating with fits some or all of the following then you are likely being targeted by a scammer:

  • Acts charming, understanding, flattering, sensitive and caring
  • Tries to move the online relationship forward quickly by talking about love.
  • Communicates only via email, cell phone, and instant messaging.
  • Always has an excuse for not being able to meet you face-to-face.
  • Often overseas for work or other reasons
  • Has a sudden emergency, some which involve a made-up “young child”.
  • Has an excuse for being unable to get their money, thus “needing your help”.
  • Asks for more money (for the same or different reason) once you give an initial payment.
  • If you have no money, they find a “client” who can send you money orders, with instructions to wire the money to them. (The checks are counterfeit, but you will likely find that out too late.)

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Posted by Joe Tracy - March 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

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Online Dating Scam Victim Speaks

Susan Jones was a victim of an online dating scammer and in this video she tells her story on how her first try at online dating ended up with her meeting a scammer who romanced her with roses, easter baskets, and other gifts before the scammer made his move. Her victimization also ended up creating other victims as she relates…

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Posted by Joe Tracy - February 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

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Date with Deceit – Romance Scams

The following news report interviews people who have been taken in by online dating romance scams. The news report says that these scams bring in $15 billion a year. And with much of that money reinvested into making scams better, it’s always important to be alert. Here are a few things to remember:

1) If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

2) If they ever ask for money and you haven’t met them, they are a scammer – even if you’ve been communicating for months.

3) Playing off the last tip – they aren’t afraid to spend months cultivating a “relationship” with you before asking for money. And they aren’t afraid to use the phone and mail to help cultivate the fake relationship.

Here’s the video (audio is a bit off)

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Crimewatch Talks About Online Dating Scams

This video by Crimewatch is an in-depth look at online dating scams and exactly how they work. They start by providing some facts about scams then reenact a story of a person who was scammed. It’s a really well done piece that everyone who does online dating should watch. It’s important to be aware how online dating scams work and the lengths a scammer will go to in order to eventually get money from you. Scammers don’t usually ask for money right off the bat. They first woo you and get you to fall in love with the fake persona they set up. They’ll even have phone conversations to help build the relationship.

Crimewatch: Online Dating Scams

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Posted by Joe Tracy - February 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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