Extortion has been reported by some victims, particularly when the conversation, shared images, or webcam chats become intimate. So, what’s next? Read this article how to protect yourself from online dating fraud.
Love scamming whether via social networks or dating platforms is a tragedy. For many people, the search for a partner takes place online. But even more often than in real life there are marriage fraudsters who are after other people’s money. How do you recognize such fake profiles – and how can you protect yourself in advance?
How does love scamming or fake romance works?
It often affects single, wealthy and somewhat older women. A new love, met through social networks or a dating platform, which puts the world at your feet within a very short time. That doesn’t happen often. The more receptive the other person reacts and can hardly believe his (late) happiness. It doesn’t take long before future plans are being forged and a first meeting agreed.
But that will not happen for the time being. Surprisingly, the virtual Galan has to travel abroad – or already lives there. And: fate is not kind to him. Completely through no fault of his own, he gets into an emergency. Sometimes it’s the credit card that was stolen, sometimes a relative who is seriously ill. As a rule, the beloved one who is far away needs one thing above all else: financial support from the woman. Because love is known to make you blind, the transfer is immediate.
One can imagine how the story will continue. The money is gone, the man never existed – and the once so hopeful heart is broken.
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How do you recognize marriage frauds online?
Anyone looking for great love with the help of an online platform should be prepared for love scammers who are out there with fake profiles. A so-called fake profile can be recognized by the following clues:
- The profile has only existed for a few days – i.e. it has only a few likes, friends are usually of the same gender and come from different countries.
- Suspicious selection of pictures: The photos are extremely attractive; there are no snapshots or pictures that show a home.
- Love scammers are charming and engaging – of course, otherwise you wouldn’t be so quickly offended …
- An exciting life with many strokes of fate: The fraudster tries to arouse empathy and compassion.
- He wants to know everything about you: hobbies, previous relationships, etc., thereby pretending to have a special interest in you.
How can you protect yourself from love scamming?
Better to be careful than to be left behind. That’s why …
- Never accept inquiries from people you do not know in social networks.
- Decide on a dating platform where users have to verify themselves. Most of them are chargeable, but the likelihood of encountering fake profiles is rather low.
- Use common sense! Of course, we all long for great love! But why should a completely stranger and above-average attractive man suddenly speak of love even though you have never met?
- Never send money or valuables! The loved one will have some good friends who can help him.
- Never pass on account details! Not only direct debits, but also money laundering would be possible via your account. You alone would be liable for it.
- Check all information on search engines such as Google: pictures, names, phone numbers, address. With photos in particular, the declining Google image search allows you to quickly find out whether stolen profile pictures or stock photos have been used.
- Insist on a meeting or at least a video chat. In this way you can get an idea of the authenticity of your counterpart. If he finds excuses, then everything is clear.
What should you do if you’ve fallen for a virtual marriage fraud?
Break off contact and try to reverse transfers that have already been made. Under no circumstances should you respond to further demands of the scammer. Back up all photos, emails and chat histories and go to the police to file a complaint! If you have met the love scammer on a dating platform or in social networks such Parship, you should not fail to report his profile to the operator.