Every few months the unfortunate story of someone scammed through an online dating site surfaces in the papers.These stories vary but generally involve someone losing a lot of money they could ill afford.The reality is that anyone can potentially be scammed, and there are plenty of female scammers out there, and scammers of all ages.
Scammers want to get you off the site before their accounts can be deleted.
They will send the first message, often right away.
Then, they will hold a short conversation with you.
After this, they will need money, and you will be the “only one” that they can turn to.
By playing to users’ emotions, master scammers can make thousands of dollars using these techniques.
This could include being overly intimate on email, adopting pet names for you straight away, and also telling you that they love you. Email our Risk Management team at [email protected]
If ANYONE tells you they love you in their first email through an online dating site – scammer or not – you probably need to be very careful. Don’t assume that you’re safe if you’re a man The stereotype of the scam victim is the lonely, divorced woman who is willing to dip into her life savings for a stranger she’s fallen in love with online. We’d rather look into too many profiles rather than too few.
You might think ‘I’d never fall for anything like that’, but a lot of these people thought just the same thing.
At e Harmony we have a lot of measures in place to prevent scammers joining the site, and a brilliant Risk Management team who are constantly checking for any profiles that might be suspicious.
This conversation will probably be very flirty, and won’t go in-depth into any topic..
Also known as “catfishing”, these scammers will build a fake persona and lead users to believe that they are romantically interested in them before scamming them in some way, for instance asking for money.