BE ATTENTION that you may be suffering a romance scam if someone on the dating websites asked for financial assistance to help he/she out of a difficulty! Based on a report from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), there are more than 5,663 victims who lost money around $50,399,563.16 in 2011, 63.22% of them are online daters age from 40-60 and approximately 68 percent of the loss from the 50+ group, so older singles are more like to believe narratives used by romance scammers. Romance scam statistics of 2011 as follows:
Romance scammers are on dating websites, always create one or a few fake profile with beautiful picture(s) not of themselves, and use narratives to ask for money from the victims. Our top 10 ways will help you to recognise the romance scammers on the STD/herpes dating sites easily.
Top 10 Ways to Recognise a Romance Scammer
#1 Good Looking
Picture is a good way to tell the person is serious dater or scammer. Spent few minutes to view the profile pictures carefully, most scammers` photos have some common features:
- 1. Picture looks professionally done;
- 2. Too beautiful/handsome to believe;
- 3. “Abnormal” pose or expression.
Typical Pictures of Scammer:
#2 Engineer and Model
Be caution, if your match at the online dating websites is an engineer or a model. In usual, the engineers have a high income, and the models are good looking. Scammers always pose themselves as engineer/model so that they can be more attractive to other singles. In this way, they can be in a relationship with the victims quickly.
#3 Poor English
Online scammers usually come from the countries whose first language is not English, so he/she is more likely to be a scammer if there are some grammar and spelling mistakes in the profile or emails. Be more careful if you find that he/she uses “i” instead of “I”, since it is a common mistake that the scammers have made.
#4 Profile Pictures
Some scammers can be easily recognised by the profile photo at the first sight, since they always use pictures of models, porn stars, soldiers and more. However, other wiser scammers fake themselves by using ordinary photos to make their profiles more real. In this case, we can search the photos and get results from Google, there are two results that we can confirm she/he is a definite scammer:
- Results show the photos owned by another people;
- It is a scam profile confirmed by websites like ScamWarners, RomanceScam, ScamDigger and more.
Typical Results of Scammer:
How to Use Google to Search by an Exist Photo?
1. Go to images.google.com, and click the icon of camera;
2. Past the image url or upload the image to search by photo on Google.
#5 High Income
I`m not telling you that all the millionaires on the dating websites are scammers, but if he/she has most features of scammer and with a high income, please stay away from him/her to protect yourself!
#6 Ask for Money
It would be a romance scam no matter what kind of reasons she/he may has to ask for money from you. Think twice before you send dollar to him/her and ask yourself “Why should I send the money?”
#7 Profile Description
As many scammers are not good at English and busy “making” money, so they always use the same/similar profile description. It`s easy for us to recognise a scammer by search his/her profile description on Google search as follows:
#8 Search Phone Number on WhitePages
Get phone number form him/her? Search it on WhitePages.com, and you will know whether the phone location match the profile location or not.
Feel like that the email you received is suspect? Try Google search, you will know whether it is sent by scammer or not.
#10 No preference for Type of STDs or Distance
Many STD dating websites, like Positive Singles, will quest users to choose the type of STDs they are living with. To be a serious dater, people will choose the type of STDs they have as it is very important for a positive single. However, the scammers are so busy scamming from other singles that they always forget to complete some important information like “type of STDs” or “distance between matches”.
This post mainly target on how to recognise a romance scammer by the information from a dating profile, there are also more articles for you to keep yourself from online dating scammers in some other ways:
- How to Spot an Online Dating Scammer
- Online Dating: How To Spot A Romance Scammer
- How to Avoid Internet Dating Scams