Ladies: did he fall in love with you amazingly quickly?The scammers may play to men’s eyes but they’ll play to a woman’s heart.
Sh'reen Morrison had been on an online dating site for only a few weeks before she realized that something was seriously wrong with the man who had been actively pursuing her by text message and email.
They'd hit it off right away, and he said he lived just outside of Phoenix, which seemed relatively proximate to a woman in remote Yuma, Ariz. First, he was traveling through India with his daughter.
Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.
When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home -- and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport -- a new crisis struck.
There are many online dating scams out there but I would consider this the “main” scam.
This scam involves the scammer posing as a potential love interest with the goal of making money off of their target. No matter how well you think you know someone if money ever, ever, ever comes into the conversation you need to exercise extreme caution. The number one rule here is easy to remember: at any point in time if someone asks for money there’s a good chance you’re talking to a scammer. They’ll normally be up-front about this because it’s all part of their plan.It’s amazing how many people are fooled by this one but the bad guys are good at what they do and can be very convincing. Stop and think: if you were in need of help, where would you turn first? Being contacted by someone from outside the country is strange.All foreign contact may not be a scam related but I suspect most of it is. Many of these scammers are flooding the same email to many people.They want to build a large base of people to talk with as every person represents another source of potential income. Chances are the photo you are looking at is a model.Because they could be sending hundreds of messages, their emails may seem generic or they may not be able to stay on topic with your discussions. Chances are the person who sent it to you is not her.The money scam relies on getting someone to to believe that the person that they are talking to is the real deal.