Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.Romance scams happen when victims are deceived into ‘false’ relationships by fraudsters who aim to steal their money or personal information.Romance fraud is typically carried out by criminals using fake profiles. Scammers can be experienced in spinning stories to lure in their victims.People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
Most scammers choose victims that are older than they are, for example, so if someone who is significantly younger than you says that they’re interested, it could be cause for concern.If someone sends you a message and says they’d like to get to know you, save a copy of their picture and use Google’s reverse image search to see if anyone has posted about that photo being used for a scam.If that image shows up on other profiles with different names, you should be suspicious. If you receive other photos, and anything seems off, be wary.Online dating scammers are not out to steal your heart - instead they want to steal your cash!Every year Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police investigate many cases where fraudsters have tricked money out of unsuspecting victims on internet dating sites - sometimes thousands of pounds.