Beware of people that say they have a high education degree but then cannot spell or do not use correct grammar. (I had one who contacted me claiming to have a Master’s Degree but couldn’t put together a sentence properly)
Beware of people who claim to live nearby but then cannot tell you about the simple geography or landmarks in your area. (I had one who contacted me that couldn’t properly spell the name of the town they supposedly lived in, and could not tell me how far apart our towns were)
Beware of people that get too intimate too quickly. (Pet names right off the bat)
Beware of people that constantly repeat the same information but don’t answer your direct questions.
Beware of people that constantly change their stories or can’t keep information that you’ve given them straight.
Do not give money to anyone you don’t know.
For women: If a guy’s picture is handsome, comes on too strong on the first message and if they want to “chat” on Yahoo or MSN Messenger: Watch out! They use a photo of a good looking man, usually white and VERY good looking and rarely of other ethnicity but they are really in Nigeria, or Ghana (yet pretending to be in London or wherever) trying to perpetrate a “419 scam on you”.
Sometimes they will say they are from another country…yet the Nigerian style of writing is SO unique, they cannot hide it. Just for fun, I will write back in the language of the country they say they spent the first 20-30 years of their life and either they answer in English with the same bad grammar and spelling or they do not answer and the next thing you know is that their profile is “no longer available”. What a scam!
Google “romance scam” or “internet romance scam” + “his name” + “photo” or just “internet romance scam” + “photo” — and you will find some of the photos used by scammers to log into sites or this site or whatever site. Even if you do not search his name because you do not know it, you will see the photos some people have used for internet dating scams.
They will pretend to be businessmen and then travel and “have their wallet, business equipment, etc. and/or flight ticket stolen” and ask you to send or wire them money to tide them over. and ask you to send or wire them money to tide them over. If they are US Citizens and bonafide, the US Embassy would help immediately to cancel all credit cards, help them access their accounts and an airline can have their flight ticket reissued, if it were stolen or lost, as they can cancel it throughout their system.
For men: Beware the “Russian Natasha” type. They are gorgeous and young but all they want is a visa. They will leave you the minute they get it AND they want a child, yes, because then they have your money forever! They are NOT limited to the Ukraine, etc., but also from Central and South America. I know five friends who got taken by one such person and every single one left THE FOLLOWING DAY after they fulfilled the required length of stay to apply for citizenship…AND that was after my friends paid to bring over their siblings, parents and teen age children if any.
Also beware of the same type 419 (Nigerian) scam done by women who use photos of gorgeous women and then travel and “have their wallet, business equipment, etc. and/or flight ticket stolen” and ask you to send or wire them money to tide them over.