Online dating fraud scams
“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” Farquhar says.The CR survey found that 35 percent of respondents who’ve tried online dating felt they had been grossly misled by someone’s online profile, and 12 percent said they’d been scammed.Experts say online daters are always wise to be skeptical regarding what someone they’ve met online, and not in the flesh, tells them.
To recognize and avoid romance scams, follow these tips. Copy the images your online correspondent has posted to his or her profile, then run them through a reverse-image search engine, such as Tin Eye or Google Images.The FTC says once the scammer feels comfortable asking for money, they'll keep doing it.The FTC also advises contacting either them, the FBI or that person's state attorney general's office to report any relationship scams.If the images come up associated with a person who has another name or lives in a different city, you have good reason to suspect they were stolen from someone else’s profile.And if you’ve been communicating with someone by email, check their address at a site such as Romance Scams, which compiles lists of email addresses belonging to known scammers. Type the name of the person you met online into Google or Bing and see what comes up. If you are asked to send money and feel so inclined, run the whole scenario by someone you trust.