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Dating Scam Questions

Have you ever wondered if you are being a victim of an online dating scam? Have you met someone that just seems too good to be true? Have they asked you to send them money even though you have never met them in person? More than likely you have been subject to the ever so popular internet romance scam. Read below the top five dating scam questions that have been answered by Experts.

What is a dating or online dating scam?

An online dating scam also sometimes called a romance scam, is where someone meets a man or women on the net that is not who they claim to be. Most of the times these people are cyber criminals that are usually targeting both women and men to send them money. Both sexes that are usually targeted are between the ages of 20-40, recently divorced or widowed, elderly or disabled. These types of dating scammers are great at psychological profiling and will use any weakness they can find to their advantage. The scam may take the form of asking you to cash a check for them through your bank account because they are "out of the country" and unable to cash it themselves, or they may come right out and ask you to send money to help them out of a fabricated "financial difficulty" they claim to be experiencing.

Is there somewhere online where a person can report dating scams?

In the event that you are a victim to an online dating scam and you do lose money, be warned that your chances of getting it back are almost slim to nothing. This type of crime is not a priority for local police, even if they had the resources to tackle it. In most situations, the Embassy can offer a sympathetic ear but, often, little else. Victims can report the scam on and might also consider alerting the dating website on which the scammer was encountered. There are a number of dating scam sites that also allow victims to post a scam or their story about being scammed.

What is a 419 online dating scam?

The "419 scam" is a online dating scam run out of Nigeria or Ghana. This type of scam is usually a person that tries to lure others into giving them money through online dating sites or related dating-type contact. Many times, the person will be using a fictitious name, email address and more than likely is not able to receive in-coming phone calls.

What is the Military Dating Scam, and is it actually a dating scam?

Yes there is a new online dating scam called the Military Dating Scam that is trolling internet dating sites and convincing women that they are honorable soldiers who have fallen in love and would do anything to communicate with the object of their affection. But, because they are deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, they need you to sign up for an expensive telecommunications service like “Military TELEX” in order to make that happen. They profess unending love as their motivator and, unfortunately, many women have fallen for it.

What should someone do if they suspect they are a victim of dating scam

If you have any doubt at all about the person on the other side of your computer screen, and feel that you may be involved in an online dating scheme, stop all communication with the person that is trying to romance scam you. Do not answer any of their calls, and flag any online correspondence, email and chats in a folder that you may reserve for future reference if needed. Try to keep a record of everything you may have including printing out past emails, snail mail letters, credit card or money transfers, and get a copy of your phone records from the phone company. If you have any Western Union or Money Gram wires that are in progress, call these companies to see if the payments can be canceled before being picked up by the scammer. Start official scam reporting by going to the FBI’s website, contact your local authorities, and post your story to any online dating scam reporting web sites that you can find.

Keep in mind while you are surfing the web, or entering any type of online dating site, chat application or social networking site, for every real profile you see on the internet, there are just as many false ones that will try to be your perfect mate! The best weapon against these online romance scammers is education, the more you educate yourself in what to watch for. The more you know, the less the internet dating scams can take of your money. Experts can help you by providing legal insights on your particular case and this can help you safeguard against dating scams.
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