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Fake photos are usually a giveaway; when in doubt, do a reverse Google image search.If it turns out to be a model, or really anyone other than who the profile says it is, that's a scammer.Geographical mismatches are also bad signs, such as someone claiming to be in Brooklyn when their IP address points to the other side of the planet.Scamalytics also keeps track of the most popular pick-up lines used by online dating scammers.Unfortunately, scammers post fake profiles and pictures on these same sites in hopes of finding deep pockets.If you’ve fallen victim to a romance scammer, here are some ways to start regaining control of your financial life.
The bigger danger comes from human interaction, where, as in those familiar scam email exchanges, the person behind the profile doesn’t want your heart; they just want your money. While the UK’s favored scammer line sounds ridiculous, the top spot in the US goes to “i am very easy going and laid back.” Okay, so it’s no Pablo Neruda.
The same rule of thumb with email scams applies to online love, though; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
People looking for love online should hold on to their wallets.
When Boko Haram kidnapped a group of school girls last spring, Winchester said, dating profile fakers would claim to be there abroad as part of a US special forces mission.
In reality, they were Nigerian con artists, hoping to be sent money to pay for a flight they would never take.“The sad reality is that the most effective scammers will tend to be the human beings who build trusting relationships over a long period of time with their targets,” says Winchester.