About Online Scamming
Although most people you meet in the online dating world are just ordinary people, men and women like yourselves. There will always be those who try and abuse the system to rip people off, the most common way is to befriend someone then ask to be sent money to come and visit you. The best way is to cease all contact with anyone who starts talking about sending them money.
Most part of the scam on the Internet is done by two major scam organizations, the one in Russia, near Kazan, in the republic of Mery El and the African scam group, operating in Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia.
The following are some signs you should look out for when interacting with men & women on dating sites:
1. The person is contacting you and being very familiar very quickly, praising you on things they couldn’t possibly know about that are not in your profile.
2. The person says they are in love with you very quickly, usually within two or three weeks, or much quicker if you reply to their emails and/or private messages promptly. It helps if you save them all in one file and read them as a single message, it will be clear how ridiculous the whole thing sounds and looks.
3. The person talks about coming to visit you in the very near future, something that is NOT possible in the US, Canada or the UK and many other western countries without proper visa applications that take months and lots of paperwork to sort out.
4. The person says they have lost their job, are sick or have a sick relative – they complain that their country does not give them any kind of welfare and that they need money.
5. They tell you they don’t have a computer of their own, that they can’t afford internet café bills to keep talking to you, sometimes they may even fake a request for help from someone else on their behalf.
6. They have no postal address or phone number at which they can be reached; although you don’t want to be giving out such details to anyone, if someone who says they are in love with you and that they are coming to see you in a week or whatever, you would expect some details. These people will avoid all talk on such matters, they will not welcome many kinds of verifiable information.
7. The person will avoid answering your specific questions, the kinds of things you will naturally ask to get to know them better. If you look carefully at their replies to you it will seem that they are not reading everything you write to them, you may be fooled into thinking they do not understand because of a language problem. The person will often ignore your questions and ask other questions of their own.
8. The person will act as if they are offended if you ask for personal details that could prove their identity.
9. They will avoid the subject of you flying to their country to meet them, tell you that it is better that they come to see you instead.
10. The person requires extra money for their none-existent visa or airline tickets because they don’t have enough personal savings, though a local travel agent may be able to help them out with both.
11. The person wants you to help him transfer millions of unclaimed dollars to the U.S., of which you will receive a hefty percentage. Except, of course, you need to pay a few thousand dollars in administrative fees or bribes. After which, you never hear from them again.
12. You should be aware that scammers always use photos of other people: attractive, good and decent. In most cases, they steal photos from online modeling agencies or from real dating profiles of innocent people. So be careful when photos or profiles look too perfect and always ask for more photos or for a copy of the ID card to make sure it is the same person that on the profile.
Scammers hit all singles sites on the web, but unlike other sites that do nothing to detect, remove, and warn about scammers, we feel it is our responsibility to educate and warn our members about scammers and their tricks.
We also have taken serious measures on our site to detect scammers before they can contact our members, and if they get past our first area of detection, we have steps to catch them before harm can be done.
We encourage our members to immediately report their profile numbers either by the Contact us form or the Report Abuse link of the members' account mailbox.