It's important to never give out personal information that the scammer can track
Don't be afraid to conduct background checks on those who contact you
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Online dating site are becoming more and more popular among new singles but its also a place where scammers find easy prey.
In the past week an Atlanta woman was recently duped out of $500 from a man she thought was her soul mate. She said she spoke with him everyday and eventually fell in love, but after discovering he held multiple profiles under different names she was devastated and with hundreds of dollars now gone. Last year alone Romancescams.org calculated over $25,000,000 lost from online scammers. An article in Glamour magazine stated 1 out of every 10 dating profiles aren't real.
So what makes someone trust another person who they have never met? For psychologist Cheryl Kaiser, she feels because it's online we aren't exposed to certain indicators that tell us the someone is lying such as voice inflections and nervous ticks. She says by seeing or hearing these things can often give us red flags and when a person doesn't have access to this, it clouds our judgement and that's when they are more likely to be duped.
"If you really want to know somebody, if you really want to know if you're compatible, if you really want to know if this is the person for you, don't get overly vulnerable with somebody until you really take the them to get to know them. Love takes time."
Things to remember, start with a site that you've actually have heard of and trust. If you are contacted look for these signs to avoid becoming a target: the person tries to convince you to leave the official site you're on to talk to you privately, express their instant feelings of love, ask for money to come visit you or claim they need it for an emergency. If they do any of these things they may not be who they say they are. If you suspect you are dealing with a romance scammer you can always file a report with the Internet Crime Compliant Center.@