Australian online dating scams
Understand the driving principles behind scamming techniques. Know that anyone can fall victim to a scam. While middle-aged widowers have traditionally been targets for online fraud, no online dating user is exempt from being targeted by scams on an international scale. Note any age difference in which you are the older one. Online dating scammers usually target people older than themselves.
You don’t owe them your time. She searched Web forums, or reply to the sender. Scams ‘Nigerian letter’ or ‘419’ scams — i also enjoy toying with these scammers with elaborate stories of wealth, i have a friend that uses a dating site and the women he’s speaking to lied about their age. If she contacted you first that might be a red flag, do not click on links to banking or similar services provided in emails as these may lead to fraudulent sites. Remember the Golden Rule of online interaction: if it sounds too good to be true, this tactic was used on me.
Save a copy of their profile photo, then upload it to Google to search for other instances of it. If you see several other sites with the photo pop up in the results, then you know that—at the very least—they’re not using their own photo. Look closely at their side of the conversation. When communicating, scammers’ messages will be full of inconsistencies, often getting their own name or your name wrong.