Tinder Scam Type

The Red Flags

Are you a new victim? Do you get a call from someone saying they work at a well-known company like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, etc? Do they tell you that they are interested in getting to know you and will only ask for money after that first face-to-face meeting? Do you get a similar phone call from someone claiming to be working for a well-known company that sells expensive products? Do you meet someone from a dating site you are not familiar with at a store with unknown company names, such as T-Mobile, Apple, or Wal-Mart?

These are all signs that romance scams are going on. There are many scams out there. If you are in a new relationship with someone from a dating site, you should check the site or companies they are using regularly.

How to spot a scammer

There are many red flags that can help you avoid a romance scam. The scammer pressures for a commitment within a few days or weeks, regardless of whether it’s compatible with your schedule or goals.

Not even one photo is shared on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. All of these things and many other factors indicate romance scams that are happening these days.

Here are a few of the most common romance scam tactics:

The scammer spends a lot of time, effort, and money wooing you with gifts, flowers, and/or compliments. They will also buy a lot of phone calls and text messages with outrageous prices.

They will likely say they’re military or government officials working undercover, in order to boost their credibility.

Top Scams

Not only are so many people falling for romance scams, but many of these scams are extraordinarily lucrative. Thousands of victims lose money and end up filing bankruptcy. Though many romance scammers are eventually caught, that does not mean that people who are swindled will not lose even more money. The average fraudster earns approximately $300 a day, which could amount to many millions of dollars.

These days, most romance scammers are searching for love on internet dating websites like Match.com and Tinder. Even though the dating sites ask for a great deal of personal information, the scammers often evade questions by simply checking the answer box with a false personal information. The scammers then use that information to steal money from their victims.

Love-seeking scams

With the increase of people using the Internet to find the right person for them, romance scams have become a major issue. In 2015, more than 8,000 online dating scams were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In that same year, 12.5 million dollars were lost to scammers. Online dating scams also happen offline. Older people are more likely to fall prey to scammers. Some of them are often targets of what is known as a “loan shark.” The loan shark will try to convince them to send him money, usually, for the “loan” or for “expenses.”

Research

When you think you are in love with someone online, you tend to be vulnerable to a new relationship, and it is easy to feel optimistic about your prospects. However, keep in mind that this person is a scammer.

Money-laundering scams

Another common kind of Internet scam that swindles people, is a money laundering scheme. Money laundering happens when people open bank accounts in a different country, so that they can deposit and withdraw money that has been stolen or illegally earned. A bank in the U.S. might not recognize the deposits or withdrawals. The scammer may also have accounts in their own country or another country that is not in the U.S. Many people fall victim to money laundering scams because they are too trusting. They just don’t want to suspect anyone.

Insurance scams

The best-known of all Internet scams is a fraud that plays on victims’ fear of being responsible for the worst-case scenarios.

Money-making scams

It is illegal to scam or scam anyone for money in the USA. One can only steal money and property if the property is under the control of the accused. It is legal in some countries where the government can restrict the economic activities of the poor in the area. In some places, even if the crime was never committed, one cannot earn money in the area. For example, there are laws prohibiting to get money on the street, but it’s not illegal to do a day job. It is a federal crime to solicit a vote for a political candidate in the USA. It is also illegal to register voters, and even if one registers a voter, they are not allowed to pay for it. It is illegal in many states to impersonate a public servant to get money. It is not legal to sell lottery tickets without having the right license.

Romance Scams

In recent years, it has become harder for romance scam victims to prove they have been scammed, as the scammers use several tactics to disguise their true intentions. Their scheme is to first try and play the victim or sweet talk the victim into falling for their scam. If you’ve fallen victim to a romance scam, here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

Know your real worth

A 2016 survey of registered users on the romance-scam dating website swiftease.com shows the people who are scammed are usually worth more than others. Even those women who have a higher income or level of education were scammed. In fact, the average age of those scammed was in their mid-40s, the survey revealed.