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Online Dating Scams

Online Dating Scammers Want Your Money

The online dating scene has blown up in the past couple years, and I'd venture to say that most of us at least know one person who has tried (and maybe succeeded) to find love online. But not all stories end with the ga-ga couples we see on the sites' commercials or with a simple admittance that there was no chemistry.

The National Consumers League has been tracking what they call the "Sweetheart Swindle" which is one of the top ten scams on their list. The scammer works hard to develop a relationship, finds their true love's vulnerabilities, and gets them to repeatedly send money. The advocacy group says to watch out for these red flags: There's a confession of love soon after you begin communicating; the person claims to be a U.S. citizen who is living abroad or he pumps up his professional credentials; the person wants you to help with a business or get involved in a business deal; you're being asked for money.

We all know how tricky gym memberships can be, and some online dating sites have had similar contract related complaints like automatic membership renewal after a trial period. Between other users on the sites and the sites themselves, watch your back! You may want to investigate if a site performs background checks or how they handle suspicious behavior.


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DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
This is terrible
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow so sad...
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I've heard about people being paid by online dating companies to just flirt and date some people. Just enough to keep people interested. I know a lot of people that have found love through dating websites, but I know I'd end up being the cautionary tale. Heh.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think it's a shame that people are so smarmy that they will find others when they are most vulnerable and willing to trust and be nice. ugh! it makes me so upset to think about these things especially since i'm sure that it's not something that's going to go away. you go online in the hopes to find someone - get mis-lead and things go downhill. and to find out that you're being scammed at the same time - even if it's just by the contract that you have to sign to look for love - it's just painful!
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