How to prevent online dating scams
According to the FBI, Americans lost million to online dating fraud in just the last six months of 2014.
Dating sites aren't doing enough to protect their members from known scammers.
Let's urge them to take commonsense steps to fight back against criminals who are stealing hearts and bank accounts.
We'll be delivering the petitions to the top online dating websites – Match.com, e Harmony, Plenty of Fish, Zoosk, OK Cupid, Senior People Meet and Our Time – urging them to do more to keep these heartless criminals off their sites and educate their users on how to spot and avoid romance scammers and what to do if they are victimized.
Every February, dating sites see a surge in activity, since people are inspired by Valentine’s Day and New Year’s resolutions to aim for romance.
That’s good news if you’re ready to find love, as you’ll likely have more dating options.
But some of those choices can lead to more than an awkward first date.
He claimed to be traveling through India with a sick daughter and suddenly needed Morrison to “loan” him ,000 for an emergency.
That’s when she knew she was dealing with a scammer.
She told CBS News, “The story was getting more and more bizarre.
But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie.” Unfortunately, these types of stories are becoming increasingly common.
It’s possible, though, to make the most of online dating apps without setting yourself up for an online dating scam.
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If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, here are 4 tips for setting up your profile: Also important is knowing the warning signs of potential scams once you start meeting people online.