How to Fast Recognize a Scam Artist
1 – Wants to use only personal email, messaging or phone calles but with out live video cam.
2 – Claims to be from your country but is traveling or working in other place.
Scammers also like to say they’re out of the country for business or military service.
3 – Plans to visit, but is prevented by a traumatic event or a business deal gone sour, etc..
What You Can Do About It:
You may lose your heart, but you don’t have to lose your shirt, too. Don’t wire money no matter what ! not to cover travel, medical emergencies,
hotel bills, hospital bills for a child or other relative, visas or other official documents, or losses from a temporary financial setback, etc.
Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country. One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow. In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.
Report relationship scams to:
The Federal Trade Commission.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Your state Attorney General.
the website or group where you have met the scammer.
Never disclose private information on online dating sites.
Be very careful about how and when you meet people in person.
Take every precaution that profiles you are looking at are genuine.
Never be tempted to send or transfer money to people you meet online, however unfortunate their story.
Maintain privacy and avoid identity theft or fraud.
Your identity is precious. Keep it that way with a few simple precautions.
use anti viruses and anti spyware.
use Skype and such LIVE VIDEO AND SOUND PROGRAMS for Internet video calls, don’t use your phone for call, dont give your phone number.
Social Networking Sites:
A great way to stay in touch. Make sure it’s safe and secure. Chatrooms. Chatting online is fun, but do you know who you’re actually talking to?
Go as fast as you can into live video call to verify you know who’s on the other side, if he/she refuse cut the connection, almost anyone in the world today have the posebility to do live video cam talking.
Spam, selling or fraud, especially romance fraud:
Webcam blackmail, where fraudsters record things you may do in front of your webcam then use the recording to extort money.
Phishing emails claiming to be from an online dating site and encouraging you to divulge personal information.
Being defrauded by using websites posing as authentic dating sites.
Potential theft of your money if you do not use a secure link when making payments.
When connecting with new people online:
Get to know people, take your time and trust your instincts. Act with caution and learn more about someone before contacting him or her outside the internet. Dating services run mail and chat so you can get to know people in a safer and [monitored/controlled] way. They do it to protect you, not to make money. Use their platform and the added security it gives. If and when you do decide to share an e-mail address think about creating a separate and anonymous email address.
Take Your Time:
Sometimes when you’re excited about someone, your instincts can be confused by strong feelings. Take care and take your time when you talk about yourself. You don’t need to give out your life-story the first time you chat – and you shouldn’t. There will be plenty of time to share such details if your relationship develops.
Be Responsible and do your own Research:
There is a limit to an online dating provider’s ability to check the backgrounds of users and verify the information they provide. They cannot do a criminal records check on every user. And a person can become a problem without having a record. Therefore, don’t get a false sense of security because you’re on a dating site; do your own research to learn more about someone and make informed decisions before you decide to meet. Check to see if the person you’re interested in is on other social networking sites like Facebook, do a web search to see if there are other records of the person online, and if possible use google image search, you can search any image in the internet by right click the image then search google for this image, to check the profile photos. If you’ll find this person pictures reported at scam chek websites or any other websites with other names be sure it is a scammer !
Money Requests Are TOP Red Light:
Why would someone need to borrow money off somebody they have never met, or only just met? There is no reason for anyone to ask you for money or your financial information, whatever sad or sob story they give. Always keep your bank and account information private. Stop all contact immediately and report the matter to the dating site.
Report Unacceptable or Suspicious Behaviour:
Nobody should have to put up with offensive, insulting and threatening behaviour online any more than they should or would if talking to someone in a bar or café. Trust your instincts and immediately stop communicating with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or apprehensive. Never feel embarrassed to report a problem to the dating service. You are helping them and doing other users a favour.
Meeting In Person:
Be smart and stay safe. Going on a date with someone new is an exciting step in a relationship, but continue being careful. Even if you feel you have become closer to someone via email and phone, you should still remember that this person is largely a stranger to you. Therefore it is important that when meeting someone in person, whether it is your first or fifth date, you take precautions and consider these dos and don’ts.
-Let friends or family members know where you’re going and when you’ll be home
– Meet in a public place with lots of people around
– Use your own transportation to get to and from the date
– Watch your alcohol intake
– Keep your purse, wallet, phone, and personal items with you
– Leave at any time if you feel uncomfortable
– Bring your mobile phone with you
– Arrange to contact a friend when the date is over
– Go on your date without telling anyone
– Meet somewhere isolated or at your or someone else’s home
– Allow your date to pick you up at your home, hotel or place of work
– Leave your drink unattended
– Leave your personal items unattended
– Feel pressured to stay or do anything
– Go to a place where you can’t contact anyone
And never worry or feel embarrassed about your behaviour if you want to end a date. Your safety comes first. It is far more important than the other person’s opinion of you.
Sadly, people aren’t always what they seem. Dating sites, social networks and other internet services are targeted by scammers. Scammers want one thing and one thing only – to take advantage of you. Here are a few examples of common scammer behaviours to watch out for and report:
1. Requests for money – This really should send alarm bells ringing whatever the form the request comes in. Scammers will look to gain your sympathy with the stories they tell.
2. Someone offering you money – Who gives money away to strangers through a dating site? These are always scams. The same goes for anyone with a sure-fire get rich quick schemes. The only one trying to get rich quick is the scammer as he or she fishes for your bank details or other financial information.
3. Threats and blackmail – These are ugly words. But some scammers have tried to threaten money out of people for not showing pictures, webcam footage or messages that they have managed to get out of users online.
Advice for avoiding scammers:
– Never ever respond to a request for money.
– Never give out bank account or other details.
– Beware of the sob story – someone telling you how much they want to visit you but need a loan to pay for the ticket/visas. Or stories about a desperately ill family member who needs help with medical expenses.
– The same goes for fantastic too good to be true business deal they are in on – if only they had some extra up-front money…..
– Watch out for those profiles that immediately tug on heart strings – supposed ex-serviceman or woman, or those who claim to be recently widowed to gain your trust and sympathy.
– Don’t let the passing of time cloud your judgment. These sorts of pitches may take time to come out in messages, time in which you may very well have come to trust and value a relationship with your online contact. That does not make them any less of a lie.
– Our same warning goes for pleas of urgency – about money needed at short notice. Someone asking you to use a wire service to get money to them is up to no good.
– Be wary if someone seems vague in their communication about their interests, or may often repeat things or seem disconnected. They may dodge questions or make excuses for not meeting or speaking on the telephone. Their profile or communications may also have odd spelling and grammar.
– Do not share pictures or information about yourself or others that gives someone any sort of hold over you. Your private life should stay private until you know someone really well and can start over time to trust them with things.
– If you do find someone trying to menace money out of you – don’t. They’d just be back for more. Report them; however bad that might feel at the time. The Police have national and local teams there to attack fraudsters. Let them protect you – and others.
Reporting a concern or problem:
Don’t assume scammers are illiterate foreigners you and others will see through in an instant. Scamming is a pretty sick line of business but it is a business for them. They practice tugging at heartstrings, at showing tenderness or a neediness. They tell people what they want to hear.
If you suspect that someone you’re talking to may be a scammer, stop your communications and immediately report him or her. You should never feel too stupid or ashamed to report someone. You are not the person who should be ashamed and stopped.
Online dating providers need to know if someone is trying to get hold of your personal information, asking for money or behaving in really inappropriate ways. They monitor regulatory but need to be told if you can see a profile that has obscene, pornographic, abusive, violent or otherwise offensive photos or content. They will act to remove the content and the user.
Any act of violence or abuse should be reported to your local police.