Internet dating website scams
• Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust.• Communicate with people locally and not from overseas, although you should be aware that someone might tell you they are in the same country as you when they are not. And while everyone is at risk, seniors can be a major target.It seems that you only need to pick up the newspaper or watch the news to hear about the latest financial scam and it’s something that has become an unwelcome part of modern life.According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.
From April 2013 to March 2014, there were 2,037 cases of dating scams reported to Action Fraud, with the 651 scams over the summer marking an acceleration.Don’t get me wrong, the vast majority of members of reputable dating sites (both paid and free) are legitimately looking for a sincere match, but there are red flags that you should look out for when embarking on the journey of online dating for the first time. Red Flag #1 If someone is too interested – too quickly – in getting to know you beyond the safety of your computer, this could indicate a problem.