Are you looking for that special someone to spend holidays and cuddle on rainy days with? Let’s face it – the older we get, the desire of companionship grows, and the thought of dying alone can be daunting. After failed attempts at meeting people in bars and at parties, that guy in the office who was deemed absolutely repulsive is starting to look more like George Clooney. Snap out of it.
With the growing popularity of online dating, success stories from websites such as Match.com and OkCupid.com give you hope of finding love with a click of a button, and there have been many great relationships that have sprouted from them.
So you get home from a long day of work, pour yourself a glass of wine and decide to sign up on one of these Internet dating sites. You go through a series of questions that seem to be never-ending, but alas, you’ve reached the road to finding love, hopefully.
In 2011, online dating scams cost victims a reported $50 million. We at Scambook urge you to take extreme precaution when you do meet someone through one of these online dating sites. Scambook users have reported over $1 million in total reported damages from online dating sites.
There are tons of sites out there, so stick to the ones with nationally-known reputations, such as Match.com, eHarmony and Chemistry.com. But do remember that phonies are able to register on those sites, so don’t let your love goggles fog too much and impair your judgment.
Here’s a wrap-up of the tell-tale signs of an online dating fraud:
- Professes his/her love for you instantly.
- Sends you a picture that looks like it came from Google Images.
- Claims he/she is receiving a hefty inheritance “very soon.”
- Claims to be from the U.S., but is traveling or working overseas at the time.
- Makes promises to visit you, but “unexpected circumstances” arise
- Asks for money for reasons such as hospital bills, travel or health emergencies, or official documents such as a passport or visa.
Check out this Scambook user’s complaint, and we highlighted some of the warning signs for phony online daters:
I met Charlie on okcupid. we spoke for 2 weeks, never met, then he had to leave the country to take care of some stuff for his late dad. he was to inherit 260k. He told me that the bank said he need to pay some money. He said his son was sending him money. his son sent me the western union paper. Then western union wasnt working, so he asked me. I sent 4k to his attorney bank in Maylasia. Then he was still having issues getting the full 14k he needed. I was not going to send anymore money. I told him this was stressing me out and to not contact me until he got home back to the states. He finally came home, but was caught in customs and needed money again. Again I did not give in. I know he is a fraud. I started to catch him in lies. During this time I had also set up an account for him to send the money. He never did. He wanted my user password and name. I would not give him that information. He knows I know he is a fraud. Lucky I only lost 4k.
If this has happened to you or someone you know, make sure to spread the word and share your experience with others and submit a complaint here.