Scammers, sadly, on online dating websites are quite plenty and they target anyone. You might not be a very rich person, you might not be a stupid person, you just have to be the person who is looking for love and lets his guard for a scammer to exploit. And this is exactly what scammers will be looking for and will use your need for love to open your bank account and completely strip you of your personal belongings.
While this is the truth of it and scammers exist even on the best dating sites, you should not feel discouraged into using one as there are ways to protect yourself and to avoid getting scammed.
Discrepancies in their profile information
Make sure you look for pieces of information that could be somewhat signaling of a potential scammer. Reports show that online scammers usually target people who are older than themselves. For example, a male scammer might be targeting middle aged women who are rich and vulnerable to the perils of the internet.
They could also have vague information such as simply stating that they are just self-employed or that they are working overseas, recently widowed, etc. Be on the watch-out for those who claim to live close to where you are located but are currently not there and will be returning soon.
Check their photo with Google image search. This might yield quite immediate results if the profile is being used by a scammer. If you find the same picture used another person or several other persons then it’s clear that it’s not safe and you should cease all communications with that person immediately. Report this immediately to the dating website administrators and provide them with links to the other places where you found them.
Analyze their wording
Be vigilant of the way they word things and how fast they escalate conversations. If the other person suggests that you should switch to talking on a phone or texting on a phone ASAP, you should be quite alarmed about this. If, however, you have accepted this and you notice the phone calls and the texts start going into expressions of passion and love within a time span of about 1 to 2 months then it’s clear that the other individual has ill-intentions towards you.
Watch out for the moment they try to catch you. They will start to reel you in as soon as they think they have caught you on the hook. For example, they might be away from home and will inform you that something has happened on their way and are in desperate need of some financial help. Should you refuse to help them, they will try and use everything they know about you up to that point in order to get the money out of you.
American dating sites have seen over the years various such scammers trying all sorts of methods to scam people but if you follow your common sense and be a bit on your guard, then you should have no issues navigating them.