Scammers frequently create fake identities on dating websites and social media like Match, Senior People Meet, Christian Mingle, and Facebook.
Some have even created phony dating websites to get to your credit card number and other private information.
Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.
There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
The scammers create fake profiles on legitimate internet dating website, where they present themselves as an attractive, reliable type of person with a good job and a decent family.
Their texts and photograph back up their image of the ideal partner.
A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.
Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.
The survey found that 53 percent of women who have used online dating considered it more dangerous than other ways of meeting people, versus only 38 percent of male online daters who agreed with that point of view.
Women’s heightened level of concern is justified, at least when it comes to the risk of being targeted by scam artists who post fake online dating profiles with the end goal of separating victims from their money.
Have you met someone online who could well be the love or your life?
You might want to read the following tips first to avoid becoming a victim of dating fraud.
Is meeting someone via online dating riskier than meeting a potential partner at a party, a bar, or going on a blind date?