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The risk of falling victim to male scammers through dating websites
Author: Admin, Posted on: Monday, October 01, 2012
The trend of finding dates through online dating websites is on the rise. People find it difficult to take the time out to hang out in bars or restaurants in the hopes of finding a new date. This is why they are turning to online dating websites and speed dating programs in order to find them a boyfriend/girlfriend on time, without having to go through the drill of waiting. But this has led to a series of scams and crimes that have been committed, mostly by men, which take advantage of being hidden behind a screen. They often lie about their identities in order to lure women into meeting them in private places.
If you are interested in using the internet as a source of finding your new mate, you should try keeping a careful approach towards others, and use your head rather than jumping into something based on your heart. Never make yourself vulnerable by blindly trusting someone you know very little about. Infatuation is something that easily blinds people looking for relationships, and it’s the main cause that makes them blind to obvious red flags. This is how they fall victim to con artists that are looking to steal your identity, your money, or even your permanent resident card.
When you visit an online dating site for the purpose of meeting your future partner, always ensure that you carefully read through the correspondence of the site using the eye of an investigator. Most frauds are committed by those people who have very attractive profile pictures. This is what mainly catches your eye that prompts you to reply to their requests. You want to believe they are genuine, but you have to be careful and extra cautious when letting someone like that close to you.
The trend of scamming online initially generating in Russia where women would look for American husbands online and then request them for money to cover their visa and transport costs. In the end they never show up, after taking thousands of dollars from those men. Other scams where originating from Nigeria where they would draft up fake letters for these dating websites.
The main concern for you should arise when the person on the other side communicating with you does not speak good English. This could mean that your potential dating partner is not residing in America or worse, is not a legal immigrant and is looking to steal your resident card. You can try asking the person questions related to the American culture like the current hit television programs or music rather than talking about random stuff that any fake American can easily learn off the internet.
A tip to keep in mind, for online dating, is that you always remain relaxed and calm. No matter how eager you are to start a relationship, never rush into anything. Take things slow and do not let the other person make any unreasonable demands from you. Never give away your personal email address until you are totally sure about the other person. Keeping all this in mind, you can stay safe on dating websites.