Online dating is no longer the ugly step sister it used to be. More and more singles are venturing online to find love, but as online dating becomes more mainstream, so does the scammers hoping to profit off the naivety of some.
Being a willing participant of the process yet remaining aware of how not to become a victim is important, so here are three tips on how you can spot an online dating scam.
From US News Money:
Online dating is challenging enough, without having to worry about scammers. After all, you may be fretting that the photos you’ve posted don’t show you at your best. You may be wondering why you don’t get more “likes” or “smiles” from the men or women you’re trying to attract. And you may be worried about how things will go, if you meet someone in person for a date.
But if you aren’t a little concerned about online con artists, you should be.
As online dating has become more popular and mainstream – Match.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – and more and more dating sites are cropping up, the risks of falling prey to greedy scammers is becoming greater.
Last year, the Better Business Bureau received over 4,000 complaints about dating sites; many gripes were about billing or other service-related issues, but there were enough protests about unsavory characters that the BBB put out a notice, warning consumers to be on the lookout for scammers. The Federal Trade Commission also frequently issues reports on online romance scams. There’s even a name for what these con artists do: Catfishing – that is, posting a fake profile and hoping you’ll take the bait.
So how can you tell the fakes from the flakes; the catfishes from the real catches? There are definitely some warning signs to be looking out for.
If someone wants your personal information too quickly. If you’re writing each other back and forth over email, or you’re talking on the phone, of course, you’re going to want to share information about yourself. But don’t share more than you’re comfortable with, or before you feel the time is right, says Carole Brody Fleet, an Orange County, California-based speaker who has presented on online dating and has authored several books, including an upcoming title, “When Bad Things Happen to Good Women.”
Read more at US News Money.