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Scam Artists Online Steal Your Money

Online scams are promoted from various approaches, and it seems there isn't any industry, service or product line that is immune to scams. If you've spent any amount of time online over the years then you already know that to be true.

The crooks will also use online dating services to try to get what they're looking for, which is generally money. Some of those scams start with tons of flattery etc., to attempt to gain a persons interest, and then their trust in order to follow the scam artists instructions.

Here's an example of one of the scams that starts out like this: "Do you know what it is like to look up into the velvet night sky, and yet not see the stars? Do you know what it is like to see the song birds sing their sweet music, and yet not hear their sound?..." It goes on for quite a few paragraphs and is generally sent via a private messaging system or chat line. What would a scam artist do with such a story? Here is an example of what one dating scam artist did with the above story to extract money from people.

As you read the story at their website about the dating scam artist keep in mind that photos and/or names they use are probably not their real photos or names. After all, why would a scam artist want you to know what they really look like? They wouldn't!

One last point to keep in mind is to never give out your email address when you could instead just use the private messaging service within the online service you may subscribe to. Plus, avoid falling for the scam artist's who want to send you a photo via email that they are not willing to post within their online profile. Stay safe as you protect yourself from dating scam artists!

1 comment:

David said...

So true! Best idea is to trust your gut instinct. If they give you a sob story and then want to interact quickly off-site (private email, etc) be careful. what you tell them as they might be compliling information to scam you!