William Shakespeare once wrote, “Love and reason keep little company together” and that is what this article is about. Do you use online dating sites to find your soulmate? Well, as they say, every rose as a thorn so pay attention before you get stuck.
US Embassy in Russia received quite a few complaints concerning ongoing
scams of lonely hearts. This is a quote directly from their website,
“The U.S. Embassy receives reports almost every day of fraud committed
against U.S. citizens by Internet correspondents professing love and
romantic interest. Typically, the Russian correspondent asks the U.S.
citizen to send money or credit card information for living expenses,
travel expenses, or "visa costs." The anonymity of the Internet means
that the U.S. citizen cannot be sure of the real name, age, marital
status, nationality, or even gender of the correspondent. The U.S.
Embassy has received many reports of citizens losing thousands of
dollars through such scams. American citizens are advised never to send
money to anyone they have not met in person.”
way the scam works is a lonely guy will get hit upon by some gorgeous
hottie. Unbeknownst to the lonely guy, the hottie is carrying on a
relationship with many other people and probably isn’t gorgeous at all.
And probably isn’t even a female. The scammers often merely copy and
paste responses from a outline or script designed for maximum effect.
are experts at getting you to fall in love with them because they know
that love and reason simply don’t mix. Once they set the hook into your
heart they start to reel you in. That’s where it gets really
interesting. Signs of a dating scam include poor English skills and
breathtakingly beautiful profile photos. The modus operandi is always
the same: You will be asked for money one way or another. They will
often ask the victim to cash someone's check or money order for them.
The scammer will even tell the victim to keep a portion of the proceeds
as a sign of their affection. If you are lovesick enough to cash the
check for them it would inevitably be found to be fraudulent and your
bank would politely demand reimbursement.
the victim is willing to risk life and limb to travel to Russia or
Nigera to reclaim the money from the thugs, they are simply out of luck.
Because of the embarrassment of this kind of crime, they generally go
story varies somewhat with each Internet dating scam, but the intention
remains the same: robbing the victim of their hard earned cash. If
somebody asks you to wire them cash online - no matter what the reason,
no matter how plausible or sad it sounds - don't.