Posted on October 15, 2009 by Two Becomes One
Scam Dating Sites
Just when you think they’ve thought of everything, the internet brings along a new scam to avoid- scammy dating sites. Now, with the tremendous variety of dating sites out there, it is pretty easy to find one that isn’t, but how do you avoid the ones that are. There are some pretty obvious indicators that you’re either dealing with a dating site scam, or that someone is just using that dating site to scam others. More frequently this happens on sites such as craigslist where it is not so stiffly regulated but more and more scamsters are wising up to getting around the rules.
Four Red Flags
The first red flag we’ll go into is the huge sob story. Now, sure, there are some people who are prone to overshare, but this person is spilling their guts and it usually involves some sort of financial difficulty. A lack of offer or response from you brings it to a full tilt beg, more often than not.
The second is immediate response- yes, there are many people who are just plugged right into their computer or they work so much that it is easy for them to reply immediately, but this person doesn’t even seem to read your messages. The messages are typically pretty vague, no real specifics.
Really bad grammar and spelling- sometimes a person may need a good spell check or they may not speak the same first language as you. However, when you have someone that is sending you random messages out of the blue, in constant horrible grammar and spelling, you may want to take note of this.
The last red flag is when they direct you to another site for a method of contact- this is a tactic typically seen in people trying to sell you memberships to porno sites or cam sites. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to partake of those things, however, many involved in the sale of membership will be misleading- you are never going to meet those people, so don’t think that being linked to ‘their personal website’ or ‘another great site I found’ is an all ’round green light. It’s probably not.
The Most Obvious Scam
The most obvious scam we’ve seen floating around is someone you’ve been chatting with suddenly asking you to cash a check or money order for them. No matter how long you have been talking, no matter how into you they seem- this is a scam. Run. Don’t look back, just delete the email and move on. It is just like any related scam where you’ve won something or they need you to process something and you’ll get a cut. They’ve just put a new spin on it.
Chances are, if you’re looking for love on the ‘net, you’ll run into one of the various scams out there. Protect yourself and you can enjoy a more fun, less risky online dating life.
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