Online dating scammers list
Experts say online daters are always wise to be skeptical regarding what someone they've met online, and not in the flesh, tells them.Most dating websites—even ones that cost money—don't vet the people who sign up.Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.You might not be able to surface information like criminal records, but from their social media profiles, Linked In page, and other information you find, you should be able to get a sense of whether what they are telling you comports with the facts. For example, if a person you met online claims to run a business abroad, call the US Embassy to confirm that that business exists.If you are asked to send money and feel so inclined, run the whole scenario by someone you trust.“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” says Farquhar.
Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.
In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.
And if you’ve been communicating with someone by email, check their address at a site such as romancescams.org, which compiles lists of email addresses belonging to known scammers.
The website Scamalytics maintains a blacklist of scammers who use false pictures.
In mid December the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—pled guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites.