Romance Scams: Script

what to look out for

Obviously, if your date is from abroad or a different country than you are, you should be wary. Men from Canada, Ireland, and the US can be scammers, too. This is the first thing most people look for.

The women that come from Colombia are the ones that are way too attractive and give the men an energy boost. Colombian women can really give a vibe that they’re that much hotter. The few guys who seem like they have the most money in the world, will also stand out.

Section 2: understanding the online dating scam

The person who starts communicating online is a thief and an opportunist. He has nothing to gain by dating you in the first place, but will take advantage of your emotions in order to make some easy money.

how to avoid a romance scam

Like any scam, your first instinct may be to not trust the person who says they love you. The scammer may also use different tactics to get you to trust them or lose your confidence. One red flag for romance scammers is if they’re fast to become “too available,” according to money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.

Romance scammers are very convincing in their attempt to gain your trust. This is why they use a variety of tactics to steal your money. For example, the scammer may approach you online. They’ll use vague, romantic language to manipulate you into giving them your money or valuables. Scammers use romance to “win you over,” so if they do have any luck, they’ll try to win you over again when you get to know them.

why you’re being scammed

Online romance scams continue to be very prevalent today. In fact, according to a 2015 study by TruthFinder, romance scams were the number one most reported scam online.

No matter what the age is, there is at least one person you know that fell victim to one of these scams. This can happen to any age person, not just women and millennials. These scams happen for one main reason: the victims are vulnerable. They are lonely and looking for love.

The perfect dating app

The perfect dating app doesn’t exist. What does exist, however, is social media. This is how scammers approach people. These scammers find your friends and/or family on Facebook and get your contact information. From there, they try to convince you to give up your credit card number or bank account information.

how the scam works

the scammer plays the victim

the scammer gains money without providing a return

Internet dating scammer’s email address

The scammer contacts a victim by email or phone and proceeds to play the victim. They will tell the person they’re on a business trip and are waiting for a green light from their boss. You will hear about many places and dates and the scammer will start bragging about all the travel benefits. The scammer may also mention that they need your help in planning a big trip, like a honeymoon. Their “boss” may also tell the victim that the scammer is with a few other colleagues in this business. The scammer will not share their travel details with the victim.

warning signs of a romance scam

routine as opposed to planned meetings

shares fake pictures of their real faces, despite stating it was just for fun

(and many other red flags that indicate the person is likely a fraudster, even if they appear otherwise genuine)

Romance Scams

Many of these scams are advanced online techniques to make money quickly, and scammers use different tricks to recruit victims. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of a romance scam is to read these tips beforehand.

Have your questions answered in a timely manner

The scammers will try to elicit information and the answers will be far too vague and provided without any responsibility from the scammers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the person you are corresponding with.

how to protect your identity and money from scams

Never disclose your personal or financial information online unless you’re certain that you know who you’re dealing with. Don’t share your date of birth, phone number, Social Security number, bank account, or credit card numbers.

Never give out your credit card number, bank account, or online shopping information to strangers over the phone or in person. Never provide a username and password to someone you don’t know.

If you receive an email from someone claiming to be in the military or a senior member of government, check the sender’s email address and other details. Avoid clicking on unknown links or opening attachments.

Get to know the person before you agree to meet in person or exchange money.

conclusion

The Internet-based romance scam is a growing criminal enterprise. The online deception is now so sophisticated that sophisticated users can identify and avoid these schemes. Internet safety is vitally important because it is easier than ever for scammers to befriend you online and they can easily take your money. If you receive a suspicious email, don’t respond, delete the email, and block your email. It’s a sad reality that scams today can also exploit family members, friends, and your co-workers, or people you barely know at all. In these situations, it’s even more important that you understand the red flags that should never be ignored, so that you can warn others.