First – Never, EVER provide financial or banking information to anyone! Most singles have come across the telltale Internet dating scam:
– assisting with an online “contest” or helping to reach a vote count
– providing a credit card for age verification to view a personal webcam
– being asked to either cash someone’s check or money order for them
– being asked outright for money
If somebody asks you to “help” them – no matter what the reason, no matter how plausible or sad it sounds – don’t do it! Chances are the intention is to rob you of your hard earned cash! This holds especially true for someone you’ve never met in person!
Second – Use Caution When Giving Out Your Personal Email Address & Contact Information!
It’s become a trend for online scammers to move communication away from the dating site and over a free email address (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) or instant messenger service (Yahoo Instant Messenger, Skype, etc.). The reason being in case their dating profile is terminated along with their contacts, they can still communicate with you and try to push their scam onto you through an “outside” message service.
Third – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Although models, actors and other extremely attractive people want to find love too, and you may very well have lucked out in the attractiveness category with the person you are communicating with online, the saying holds true for Internet dating scams: if the person’s photo looks too good to be true, that’s because it probably is! As with many things in life, don’t judge a book by its cover and always do a bit of investigating to avoid being scammed. Scammers often write in poor broken English and indicate an urgency for you to help them or for you to reveal your private contact information. It is very important that you never send people your personal contact details until you are comfortable you can trust them.
By Dunraven83, New York, United States