The world of online dating can be an exciting way to meet potential partners. However, you will quickly discover that things are not what they seem on many sites and profiles. Though it is one of the fastest-growing ways for singles to meet each other and form relationships, there are definitely those who use the sites for dishonest purposes.

Some of the more common online dating scams also referred to as “romance scams” discovered in recent years are mentioned below. These dating scams refer to clues that the person on the other end of a profile is untrustworthy, or that the website itself is the scam. We hope that this list will keep you well-informed enough to continue dating online safely. Their end goal is to get you to trust them and send them money or disclose information that enables them to steal your identity or money.

These dating scams will gain your trust by using information from your social media and deploy what is called a “long game” scam.

Facebook & WhatsApp

You might get a direct message from someone that you do not remember, they will probably start by saying that you went to the same school or college and that you were in the same circle of friends. Then they will start a general chat and this could go on for several weeks, in order to build trust and create familiarity with shared hobbies, interests and travel experiences.

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    Dating Websites Require In-Depth Personal Information

    All dating websites will ask for a certain amount of information in order to match you with people who will have similar interests. However, this information should be limited to personality details and interests rather than financial information or anything that might be useful to someone wishing to steal your identity.

    The Online Dating Profile Has Only Professional Photos

    Though it’s possible that an actual model with a portfolio was matched with you on a dating site, it’s much more likely that the profile is fake. Fake profiles are generally used to mine information from unsuspecting singles, or to convince you to download malware (generally disguised as a photo file) that will steal your private data.

    The Person Gets Very Emotional Too Soon

    Have you received a long email or message detailing how much someone you’ve just been matched with has been “waiting for someone like you forever”? This is a typical situation to worry about, and best to avoid people that are overly emotional before meeting them in person. The emotional approach is another way the scammers try to gain sympathy and start asking for money.