Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.
Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
So it’s important that you “investigate” those in your life, ask questions and find out if anyone close to you may be involved in such a scam.
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If they claim to have an ordinary job, they can still be a scammer.
Requests for money could also be in the name of a faked injury or illness.
Use clear, recent photos — at least one headshot and one full body shot. Be resourceful and go to the makeup counter to get made up for free before your photo shoot.3. More people will click on your profile if you change your primary photo now and then.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
Stop making these 12 mistakes and start getting better results. Don’t bore everyone by calling yourself "Single Guy" or "Lawyer Jane426". Photos are the most important part of your profile — you’ve got to have great ones.
If you’ve tried using dating websites and ended up frustrated, emotionally drained and feeling like you wasted your time, you’ve probably made some very common mistakes. Come up with something clever that stands out or makes people laugh — something unique. If you’re the life of the party, use "Totally Fun Chick" — who could resist that? Don’t you dare post pictures from 10 years or 10 pounds ago.
It’s better to be honest than to waste someone’s time.6. Don’t juggle so many people that you need index cards to keep them straight. Don’t abbreviate words like "u", "2moro" or "thx" in your profile or emails. Listing the things you’re NOT looking for will only make you seem bitter and negative.10. Remember — until you’ve actually met a real live person, you don’t know who you are corresponding with.