Internet Dating Scams And How To Avoid Them
Well, when you have been involved with online dating for as long as I have, you’re going to see all kinds of things. And unfortunately, online dating scams are something I’ve seen way too many times.
I don’t know about you but I HATE scammers! I can’t stand anyone who tries to scam people and I especially dislike those who try and scam men on internet dating sites.
With the number of men on internet dating sites growing every day, it’s no wonder that someone out there is going to try and take advantage of the vulnerable.
Now, the most common internet dating scams usually involve fake profiles, and bait emails.
Let’s take a closer look at these scams.
This is the most common online dating scam on the internet. Someone will construct a profile, throw in a few pics of a hot woman and then post it online. I’ve seen hundreds of these profiles over the years and I’m now able to spot them right away.
Now, fake profiles can be on any dating site. Some sites delete them faster then others and no site is better at this then Match.com. Occasionally, I’ll get an email from a fake profile and by the time I go to check the profile of the sender, it’s already been deleted.
I commend Match for doing that as they obviously take these things seriously. Yahoo Personals is another site that’s pretty good at getting rid of scam profiles quickly. Other sites like True.com aren’t so good at this.
As I mentioned before, stay far away from Adultfriendfinder.com. Almost all the profiles on that site are a scam and will waste your time!
Craigslist actually has a feature where the community can “flag” a fake profile, which works really well. This prevents scammers from posting too many fake profiles on Craigslist.
So, what does one of these fake profiles look like?
Well, just look for any one of the following signs:
1. Only ONE picture posted of a very hot woman.
2. A very short write up that’s too general. “I like walkson the beach, food and drinking water,” somethinglike that.
3. Spelling and grammar mistakes. This is verycommon, especially with “Russian Women.”
4. Trying to sneak their email into their profile. Actuallythis is good because it alerts the dating service thatthen deletes their profile.
5. Any mention of a web cam site. This is obvious and more common on sites like “Hot or Not” and some free dating sites.
6. Any and I mean any profiles from someone claiming to be from Russia!
Those are just a few of the things to watch out for when browsing online profiles. If you ever come across a fake profile just move on and delete “her” email from your inbox. They aren’t worth your time.
Now, this is another common scam that involves responding to a profile and including a fake email address. What they are trying to do here is get you to email them at a personal address, outside the confines of the dating site. Then they can start getting personal with you by continuing to bait you or they’ll try and get you to a web cam site.
This can happen on ANY dating site. In this case, you just need to look for poor grammar in the email and if the woman claims to be from Russia, well there you go. You know it’s a scam.
This is the common “Russian online dating scam.”
What you’ll see is a woman claiming to be from Russia and she’ll send you a heartfelt email about how she’s looking for the love of her life and your profile really caught her attention. She’ll even send you a nice picture of a hot woman with each email so you’ll really get attracted to her.
Then, at some point she’ll confess her undying love for you and ask you for money so she can come be with and marry you. Ah, and that’s when a lot of guys take the bait and send money, never to see it or her again!
It’s a horrible scam and I can’t believe so many guys are falling for it.