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Dating Online: Real Love

How the scam works:

(with video below)

Online dating and its scammers.

With the advancement of the technology, the crime is bigger than ever.

Are you suspecting you are a victim of it? Is the person you're talking to behaving a bit strange? If yes, here are some good news. Before reading the full article do something smart first: Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if his/her profile is fake. It's brilliant.

 

How To Identify Fake Profiles on Social Media Video

Let's take a closer look. Whether you are a male or a female, you should read this as the scenario below could easily apply to either gender. Months of online dating doesn't seem to be paying off. You're flipping through hundreds of profiles a night and everyone's either shallow or not that good looking. You finally think your luck is turning around when you hear from a lonely widow from Eastern Europe. She is gorgeous in her pictures and seems really into you! Alternatively, maybe you are a female and you just connected with a man working or being a soldier overseas.

After a few emails, you start to fall in love - and are thrilled to hear she reciprocates, calling you (after four to five months) "the love of her life." When it comes time for you two to get together, she tells you she needs money. Maybe she can't afford a plane ticket. Maybe she's sick and needs medicine. Maybe she lost her wallet in a foreign city or maybe she had a flood or a fire at her home. Or, one of the latest reasons...she needs to take an AIDS test, which is required in her country before international travel.

Whatever it is, it seems like a small price to pay for true love - and it would be, if the love were "true." But this isn't who you thought it was - she may not even be a woman, but a guy in Nigeria. Don't feel bad: tens of thousands of men have fallen victim to this and tens of thousands more will (unless, of course, you spread the word about this app).

Watch the video below to see in action the most horrifying online dating scams:

Ten Online Dating Scams Video

What makes this scam even worse is that most of the victims refuse to believe they have been scammed, even after they lost the first round of cash. They’ll keep putting in money, truly believing they are helping a future life-mate and ignore all advice from friends.

 

How to avoid:

As a rule of thumb, you should never pay for somebody you have never met. If she insists on you paying for the plane ticket, buy it for her directly with no refund option. At least that way, he/she can't just take the money and run. Another suggestion would be to run their name (even if they are fake) by professional companies that provide background checking of online dating users. There are just a few legitimate companies that provide this service.

 

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

 

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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