Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.
Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.
Then, one rainy Sunday afternoon last August, I was at home alone when a polite, friendly message came through from someone saying he’d seen my profile and thought I looked really nice. He had a Linked In page and a very professional website.
He told me he was between contracts but his agent was about to secure him a job in Dubai.
For the first time, it seemed like there was someone who really cared about me.
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It was quite a short, slightly awkward conversation – he had an accent but he’d told me he was from Norway so I didn’t question that. It seemed like a lovely gesture at the time – but of course it gave him an excuse to find out where I worked, to collect as much information about me as possible.
I’d had an operation on my jaw and was in a lot of pain; Anders found a local acupuncturist through Google and made an appointment for me, setting it all up and telling me to go along.