Lack of love and desire to have romantic relationships make many people get registered on dating websites. Being blindfolded by perspective of exciting love life, many lonely hearts get scammed by swindlers who seek not for love, but for money. The signs of Internet dating scam are:
- vague communication that is difficult to understand;
- email messages change the tone, language and grammar throughout the communication;
- your interlocutor is very interested in how much money you make and what property you have;
- you get love confessions at the very beginning of communication.
If you feel you have fallen a victim of online dating scam, tips given below will help you to deal with the situation.
Stop contacting with the scammer. The first thing to is to end communicating with scam artist. Ignore phone calls, emails and instant messages on a dating website (don’t delete them as they may be useful for further investigation).
Make hard copies of all scam materials. It means that you have to print all the letters, messages, and everything scammer sent to you. Write out text messages or ask your cell phone provider to get you a list. If you were so naive to send a scammer money, keep all the checks, bills and any financial documents related to the case.
Check if it’s possible to cancel WU payment. Most Internet dating scammers use WU. If you believed your new friend and send him money via WU, check out if the payment can be cancelled and cancel it as soon as possible (there is a chance fraudster won’t get your money).
Start to officially report scam. It’s necessary to report scam in order to shut down scammer and warn other people. Check out the FBI’s website called “Look good to be true” that is dedicated to online frauds. You may also contact local authorities and law enforcement department.
Collect information about online dating scammer. Get as much information about the scam artist as possible (name, any contact information, website they used to contact you, what address they gave you to send the money, dates when you contacted, Western Union banking information receipts etc.). Even the tiniest detail can be helpful in investigation.
Avoid contacting with other scam artists. As you have already been scammed by online dating fraudster, your name will be known to other swindlers. Be aware! Don’t accept any emails or messages from random strangers. It’s better to block users that don’t make you trust them.
Even if bad experience didn’t make you stop using dating websites and you still believe in finding love on the web, make sure you deal with a reliable dating source. Don’t you ever give your personal information to anyone in order to avoid being scammed. Control communication and don’t fall for sweet phrases and love confessions – otherwise, you will blame yourself for being so naive.