Romance scams are lucrative and easy to commit. In addition, they often allow a perpetrator to remain anonymous while committing their crimes. While romance scams can happen to anyone both males and females.
Catfish has been around long enough that we should all know that a little super-sleuthing goes a long way when it comes to online dating. Unfortunately, the show continues to thrive and people continue to be scammed.
Many romance scammers will always give reasons not to talk on phone for example they can lie to you about there phones that it is faulty. Most online scammers will never talk to you on video calls.
Here are few things these desperate people want from there victims?
Romance scammers want to get anything valuable from you. Whether it be cash, jewelry or other gifts, these scammers are not interested in you—only what you can give them. To achieve this, these scammers will come up with stories that seem believable to a person who is in love, but may raise an eyebrow or both from others who hear the story.
Financial signs of a romance scam
If you're going into debt to assist a person you've never met, you might be getting scammed. Financial signs that you are being scammed include:
Draining of your savings
Taking out payday loans
Maxing out credit cards
Taking our credit cards
Spending your entire paycheck
Purchasing gift cards for Steam, Amazon, iTunes or Google Play
Wiring money to a friend of the love interest
Further, a scammer will insist that they'll pay you back and ask for your bank account information. They will likely deposit a fake check that leads to you paying significant overdraft fees.
How do romance scammers trick their victims?
Each year, Americans lost millions of dollars from these types of scams. Don't let a scammer slide into your DM's and bamboozle you for thousands of dollars."I run a business and need you to help me pay a fee to get paid."
It's important to realize that a person running a legitimate business shouldn't need a loan from an individual.
"lp me pay travel expenses to see you."
Romance scammers will persuade a person to send them money to travel. However, they'll leave you waiting at the airport.
"I need a new phone/laptop to keep up with school/ keep talking to you."
They will often begin the scam process by asking for a small amount, a few hundred to purchase a new phone or laptop to keep talking to you.
"I have to pay money to get an inheritance, can you help?"
This a common scam. In some U.S. states, a person may have to hire an attorney or pay an inheritance tax. So it's not totally unbelievable to consider that this happens abroad as well. But once again, it's best not to send thoughts and prayers that they get the situations figured out instead of sending money.
Avoiding romance scams
The best way to avoid romance scams is to know who you're dealing with. You can avoid a romance scam by using the following strategies:
Always meet in person at a public location, sooner than later. If you keep offering to meet up, but the person keeps giving you excuses, they're probably a catfish, married or could be a scammer in another country.
Tell a trusted friend about your new love. Talk to your friends and family about the person you're talking to. It's easy for your emotions to cloud your judgment. Letting your friends in can help prevent you from being blind to obvious red flags.
DON'T SEND MONEY. Ever. Sending money or gifts to a potential love interest you have never met in person is the best way to end up in a situation where you are scammed.
Research your love interest. Don't be afraid to ask for last names, what they do for a living or other questions that may seem invasive. Scrutinize everything they say by searching for them on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Instagram and even reverse image searches on Google.
Take it slow. You wouldn't rush a relationship if you met a love interest at the grocery store, so why rush it online? By taking it slow, you'll be able to spot the scam before you send money.
Finally, if your online love is too good to be true, then they're probably a scammer. You're more than likely not the only person being scammed. Moreover, you're probably not even talking to who you think you are. Romance scammers have full-on organized efforts to scam people out of their money. It's important you remain vigilant online.
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