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“That big investment gives victims a false sense that the relationship must be real.” Eventually a pitch for money comes.
Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.
Run their profile pictures through a reverse-image search on Tin Eye or Google Images.
If the picture that shows up is associated with other names or places, that's a major warning sign.
They might say, "There are a lot of scammers out there, and I need you to prove who you are." Honest people want to prove they're honest, says Velasquez, and might very willingly go along with a scammer's request for, say, a copy of your driver's license. An initial love connection should never require you to part with valuable data about yourself.
"Limit what you share about yourself online—that includes your dating profile," says Velasquez.
Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, says that without face-to-face interaction, it can be hard to build trust.
While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.(The FBI says it may be embarrassing for victims to report this type of fraud scheme because of the personal relationships that are developed, so the real numbers are probably higher.) As one result, fear of a horrible first date is just one of the things a would-be online dater has to worry about. “Most people think the victims are middle-aged women who can’t get a date, but I have worked with men and women of all ages—doctors and lawyers, CEOs of companies, people from the entertainment industry—who you’d never think in a million years would fall for these scams but do,” says Barb Sluppick, who runs Romance Scams, a watchdog site and online support group.According to a recent Consumer Reports Online Dating Survey of more than 114,000 subscribers, among the respondents who were considering online dating but were hesitant, 46 percent said they were concerned about being scammed. “Typically the scammer builds trust by writing long letters over weeks or months and crafting a whole persona for their victims,” says David Farquhar, Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI.For example, when a potential prospect is overly insistent on wanting to do things for you or take care of you, that should raise an eyebrow.
If it sounds too good to be true, proceed with caution.
They might also be after your identity credentials or other personally identifying information.