How a romance scam works Chances are you’ve tried an online dating site in hopes of finding true love.Unfortunately, scammers post fake profiles and pictures on these same sites in hopes of finding deep pockets.
If you’ve fallen victim to a romance scammer, here are some ways to start regaining control of your financial life.
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The scammer often will make excuses for why he or she can’t talk on the phone, or will make – and then cancel – plans to meet you.
The scammer then will claim there has been an emergency and he or she needs money.
They’ll quickly weasel their way into your life, learning your favorite foods or favorite color, Sluppick says.
If a friend voices suspicion, the scammer will say the friend is jealous and tell you to stop talking to your friend, she says.Other dangers: sextortion and worse If you’re all dreamy about your online love, you may be vulnerable to sextortion, a form of blackmail, Sluppick says.Don’t let yourself be persuaded to take off your clothes and perform sex acts in front of your computer, as all of this is often being filmed by the scammer.The scammer transfers stolen money into the account, then asks you to wire it out of the country, the FTC warns.Keep your guard up Rather than jumping right into an online relationship, “Be mysterious,” Nofziger advises. Don’t give out everything right away.” If you have any suspicions, search online to check if what he or she has told you jibes with what is publicly available online.They work around the clock, and will keep you up all night communicating, she says. The romance scammers often will steal a military member’s photo from social media sites or press releases, Grey says, and may even use the military member’s name in their online profiles.