Victims of online dating scams
Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.
This makes it hard for the victim to do due diligence.
Instead of sending spam letters that promise millions for your assistance, these scammers are targeting single men and women who are searching for love online.
“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” says Farquhar.
The website Scamalytics maintains a blacklist of scammers who use false pictures.
Interrogate the backstory: A little online stalking can go a long way.
Most dating websites—even ones that cost money—don't vet the people who sign up.
So it's up to you to determine how truthful a person is being in their profile.
While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.