An unpleasant surprise can often feel like — or be — a scam. If something sounds wrong — like a lawyer who says he’s 35 years old but has 25 years of professional experience — start asking questions.
If you’re concerned about the person’s age ask him/her to send a recent photo.
At some point “she” asks for money, sometimes in order to come visit you or because someone is ill. Finally, if a person’s emails don’t seem to be following earlier conversations or contradict things that were already said, it could be your “dream date” is using a scripted seduction, copied from a previous target.
Dating scams are probably as old as civilization itself.
(Realize, of course, that the “recent” picture they send may not truly be recent — or it may not even be a picture of your “date.”) Also, protect yourself from people who might be emotionally unstable.
First, you’re contacted by someone who appears interested in you.“Your new-found ‘friend’ is going to ask you for money.” And if you comply, the friend will inevitably ask for more.While everyone is at risk of getting looped into this type of scam, the most common targets are “women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled,” the FBI says.If you’ve ever been tempted to try online dating, you’re not alone. Online dating scams range from minor white lies to outright thievery.Here are the four most common dating scams and what you can do to avoid them.