How to avoid online dating scams

23-Jul-2017 07:05

Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.

For now, it's largely up to dating service users to protect themselves: Don't assume you're safe just because you trust the company or brand.The men and women responsible for online dating scams may be working alone or as part of a larger operation.They will often claim to be in an exotic or prestigious line of work (which, by no coincidence, has the potential to put them in a situation where they then claim they need a lot of money to get out – money). Dating industry consultant Mark Brooks, founder of Online Personals Watch, estimates that only perhaps 1 percent of members on well-established paid online dating sites are scammers.

On newer sites, however, the number may be much higher, as scammers can flood recently launched sites with thousands of real-looking but fake profiles.Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.