What is a romance scam?
Romance scams involve a scammer contacting a potential victim through email, text, social media, a dating site or another dating site, or any other means of personal contact. The scammer starts by befriending the victim and builds a relationship, posing as someone they are not. This allows the scammer to gain their trust, obtain personal information and connect emotionally with the victim. The scammer eventually creates a fake picture of a romantic partner using a photo of a person the victim knows from a mutual friend or acquaintance. The scammer will then ask for money from the victim, even if the two have never met in person. A look at these signs are usually all you need to know.
Where do romance scams happen?
These scams are not only in North America and Western Europe. It is also happening in Asia, South America, the Middle East, Africa and many other parts of the world. Romantic travel has become increasingly popular with millions of people looking to take a trip, get lost in romance, or make new friends. Romance scams are also a growing problem in the online dating world. Most people aren’t aware of what the term ‘romance scam’ means and how to avoid them.
How to avoid a romance scam
The internet can also be a dangerous place for romance scams, especially when people leave their homes. Be careful when meeting strangers on online dating sites. The general rule is that if you do meet someone online and you cannot see their face or profile photo, then you shouldn’t meet them in person.
How does it work to scam people?
There are numerous scams used in the romance scam but the most common are these:
Gift card scams – The scammer pretends to be a prospective love interest or spouse and sends you a gift card for a certain amount of money. The victim goes to the store and spends the money with the card. This is called “store credit.”
The scammer pretends to be a prospective love interest or spouse and sends you a gift card for a certain amount of money. The victim goes to the store and spends the money with the card. This is called “store credit.” Fake job scam – The scammer pretends to be a recruiter, and asks you to disclose personal information to update your resume. The job offer is fraudulent, and you will never hear from the scammer again.
What are the red flags?
Intelligence is king. Check out the strength and intelligence of your potential partner and check his personal and professional profile.
Watch out for sudden actions or e-mails. Showing enthusiasm or surprise is a sign that you are being deceived.
To attract someone to your profile, you need to do research on people you plan to meet online. This research should be done for at least a month before you meet or after you stop communicating. Remember, you should never give a person your personal information on the Internet without knowing his or her personal information or prior relationship with you.
If a potential partner tells you that you are “perfect” or will “just be great friends,” beware. Someone may say this to create a false sense of security.
How much money do victims lose?
Recovery from the emotional damage can take years and years. A majority of romance scam victims are alone and have no family or friends to support them. They are often financially burdened and reliant on the support of others. Many of these people also can’t function like a normal person anymore because of what they have been through.
The more money you lose, the more depressed you will get. Romance scams can make you a victim of ‘debtors’ prison’. According to a statistic, there are over 3000 victims of love scams in the UK alone. It’s crucial to keep in mind that we all have the right to do what we want with our own lives. Sometimes it can hurt but it won’t be forever.
A look at how people are being tricked into buying into the conspiracy and swindled in the process. Even if you think you will be one of the few that comes out unscathed, you need to know that you are still a part of the group. The endgame is to reach the endgame where those with connections have you wrapped in the web and will control you.