Common online dating scams
In today’s fast paced world of instant communication and social media, many adults have turned to online dating sites to find love, especially around Valentine’s Day.Unfortunately, not everyone using dating sites is looking for romance; some are looking for money, your money.Advances in technology have made it increasingly more difficult to determine who really is behind the computer screen.
Unfortunately, fraudsters have capitalized on this trend and often create fake profiles to lure in victims, establish romantic relationships and eventually, extort money.
Military members overseas are taken care of and do not need assistance from random people on the internet with their finances.
If a soldier requests things that are provided by the military or are unnecessary, such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage processing, vacation time fees, and medical fees, that's a huge red flag that something is not right.
Online romance scammers work together in groups of six, usually at cyber cafes, sending out hundreds of emails through the dating websites and chat rooms waiting for responses.
They follow scripts like telemarketers, which explains why their messages sound so similar or even exactly the same.