If you become suspicious of your scammer, the fraudster may threaten to send the video to your friends, family, workplace or church if you won’t send money. If the scammers do send the video, they won’t get any cash.“Please, keep your webcam off and your pants on,” Sluppick says.How a romance scam works Chances are you’ve tried an online dating site in hopes of finding true love.
Don’t disclose your last name, your address, your place of work or other personal details until you meet your love interest in person. You also can copy portions of emails a love interest has sent and use an online search engine to see if the text appears elsewhere, because many scammers work off scripts, Nofziger says.Also, copy his or her photo and do an image search to see if anyone else shows up with that photo, Nofziger says.Sluppick has found it’s usually those who are middle-aged and older – and an equal number of men and women – who tend to fall victim to scammers.Your love interest may be an impostor How can you protect yourself? Experts warn that the scammers usually want you to immediately leave the online dating website, and instead communicate by email, phone or instant message.The scammer often will make excuses for why he or she can’t talk on the phone, or will make – and then cancel – plans to meet you.
The scammer then will claim there has been an emergency and he or she needs money.He had spent nearly a year behind bars after being duped into believing he was transporting real estate papers from South America to London for a woman he’d met online.In reality, the package contained about 2 kilograms of cocaine. The scammer might ask you to open a new bank account.Other dangers: sextortion and worse If you’re all dreamy about your online love, you may be vulnerable to sextortion, a form of blackmail, Sluppick says.Don’t let yourself be persuaded to take off your clothes and perform sex acts in front of your computer, as all of this is often being filmed by the scammer.People looking for love online should hold on to their wallets.