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In the past, it was a means of uniting families together; it’s only recently that we began thinking of marriage as a love match.
Pretty much Opening yourself up emotionally, especially on a public online profile, takes a lot of courage and trust.
But you also need to balance that openness with some wariness and healthy skepticism, or you could be taken advantage of.
Criminals find it easy to target people on dating sites, based on the wealth of personal information people include on their profiles.
They then create their own attractive fake profiles to reel in their unsuspecting targets by striking up a conversation, quickly professing their love, and making plans to meet.
At the last moment, their plans fall through due to tragedy – and only your money can bail them out so you can meet at last.
Scammers using false identities to gain the confidence of their marks is nothing new.
But the rise of online dating sites make it easier than ever for people to create fake personas for scams. Online dating has helped plenty of people find love, but users should keep in mind that some of those profiles are maintained by scammers.
By keeping risks in mind and looking out for red flags, users can spot romance fraud before they lose any money and prevent themselves from becoming a statistic.
Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).
Naturally, we offer tips to help you protect yourself from these online dating scams.