Of course, just because someone is younger doesn’t mean that they’re a scammer; it’s just something to keep in mind.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 ($455,300) through online dating sites.
He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over $50 million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.
Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.
Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
Here at Uniform Dating we know that uniformed personnel are a highly attractive group of singles.
At the same time, finding that peaceful time to go on a date is not something that most of them can afford.
We are proud that due to our dating site thousands of US singles dedicated to their profession find the love they deserve every day. We clearly understand that singles working in the uniformed services are incredibly busy, and regular dating does not always fit into their lifestyle.
Online dating is what works perfectly for uniformed personnel.
Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.