Signs online dating scams
If you are convinced you’ve come across a con man, you should notify the site where you met him.
The site can check him out and, if they agree with you, remove him or even involve the authorities.
(instead of Martin, William, Kevin, Wayne) - The women names are often misspelled, like Jenifer instead of Jennifer, Ashly instead of Ashley, or Marry instead of Mary.
- Their last names are usually Cole, Moore, Smith or Williams - They say they are "XX by name" and "XX by age" - They say "am" instead of "I am", for example: "am Williams by name..." - They say "hope to read from you soon" - They say they are from Keller, VA. Because it has the same zip code as Nigeria: 23401 - Their occupation is often "building contractor" or "civil engineer" for men and "model" or "nurse" for women - Their introductory letter often contains the phraze: "Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life." (typical for Senegal scammers) - They immediately want to get off the website and onto Yahoo IM or MSN IM - They are not usually around on the weekends to IM - They IM at unusual hours for your time zone - Their profile seems to disappear off the website immediately after conversation begins - Their spelling is atrocious - They are notorious for using 'i' instead of 'I' - They consistently use webspeak or abbreviations: u r ur cos pls/plz ma sry brb div acc - Their grammar is not consistent with how Americans speak, French speak etc...
6' and 95 lbs - They claim to be older/younger than the photo looks - They claim to have blonde hair and blues eyes when the picture is dark hair and brown eyes or vice versa - They have a wedding ring on the photo yet they claim to be single - They claim to be Native American or some other ethnicity when the photo is Caucasian - Their specified age range seems to have no limit-e.g.
25-80, but usually they search for middle-aged ladies - They have weird usernames containing "4real" or "4luv" - They say they are "God fearing" and search for "God fearing" - They always claim they are honest and caring, and their username often contain the words "honest" and "care" - Their first names are also weird, like Martins, Williams, Kevins, Waynes, etc...
If they claim to be down-to-earth and unconcerned with physical beauty, yet their picture looks like a Hollywood headshot, that should raise a question.Another sound piece of advice that you probably heard from Mom: if there’s something that doesn’t sit right with you about a person, that’s your instinct talking. Suspect you may be dealing with a Nigerian scammer?And if you're looking for love in an online dating site you must be extra-careful, because looking for love already leaves you emotionally vulnerable, but you can't let that vulnerability bleed over into other realms as well. Songs are sung about either finding it or recovering from it, screen writers send story lines on unrealistic tangents to secure romantic endings, and books are filled with characters searching and pining for it.But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.