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Top 4 Melt-Your-Heart Gay Dating Scams
By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
The number of gay dating sites is on the rise and so is the general membership amongst them. Unfortunately, some of these members are not looking for love, but are looking to pull a successful gay dating scam on those who are naive and too hopeful while looking to find their perfect match online.
These scammers have one goal when it comes to perpetrating their dating scams online: to get at your pocket book, bank account, or credit card. And they have one approach: to melt your heart so they can emotionally manipulate you to send them anything they ask for, especially money.
Don’t throw up your hands just yet. Before contemplating a world of loneliness, learn to guard your heart and wallet from gay dating scams. Take a close look at these four melt-your-heart scamming tricks and make sure that you’re not letting a scammer pull at your heartstrings.
1. The Damsel In Distress Scam
Usually, this scammer is living in your country or region, but is working abroad. Often the scammer is gay, divorced, and has a family member or a best friend traveling with him whom he loves more than life itself.
After the two of you have been talking for months, developing more and more feelings for each other, a near-fatal accident occurs. His family member or best friend has undergone a serious accident and is now hospitalized in critical conditions. Unable to lose their loved one, facing medical bills that he can’t handle, he will turn to the only person he can depend on: you. Perhaps you could help, after all, he just needs a little loan and he will “obviously pay you back”. And you love him, right?
2. The Sense Of Security Scam
Usual targets of this gay dating scam are over forty, recently divorced, or disabled; often it is a mixture of these stories. The idea is to target any latent insecurities about age, desirability, mobility, and so forth, and turn themselves into a strong source of security for you.
Scammer profiles portray themselves to appear twenty years younger than their target. Their messages will focus mainly on your “attractiveness” and “handsomeness”, or how funny you are, anything that gives them access to your appreciation and gratitude by boosting your confidence.
Once you feel like your “online match” is such an inseparable part of your life, a source of happiness and confidence, the scammer will then take advantage of you. He may kill off a parent or put a sister in the hospital, or be diagnosed with stage-four cancer. His money will run out faster than they anticipated, and he “doesn’t know what to do”, he needs your help, asking you to help him with some money, just for now until everything resolves.
That is why it is so important to use online dating sites like Zoosk’s because they offer security features like photo verification to ensure that the person you are talking to really is the same person as in the picture. Small factors, such as this, go a long way to preventing scammers.
3. The Airfare Scam
The scammer tends to be traveling abroad for work, or living overseas for a few months. When you start your online relationship, you tell yourself that you’ll see him soon, because he’s traveling for work and will come home very soon. However, this isn’t the case.
After getting you emotionally invested, the scam reaches its finale with a few crises that wind up leaving your overseas boyfriend penniless - one of which includes him losing him job. His only hope is to come home and find a job (or pick up an old one). However, due to his continual bad luck, he simply doesn’t have the cash to make the trip back home. If you can buy him a plane ticket or loan him some money, he can come home -- and the best part, meet you in person, taking your relationship to the next level. So you follow your heart, your kindness and compassion, and give him that money. Unfortunately, once you do, you never hear from him again.
4. The Blackmail Scam
Basically, it begins the way many scams go. It starts with an online dating website and then a switch to a more one-on-one method of communication, such as email or personal messaging. The scammer will be very affectionate, and might even send gifts to make him seem more legitimate.
Then, a desperate message enters your inbox. Your online boyfriend is being blackmailed. Someone he met before you has sent him some personal, intimate conversations and is asking for money to stay quiet. The scammer is, of course, lying. The scam is a set-up, but he knows how you will worry about him. He is banking on your affection and love. He tells you that he is desperate, that he really wants this relationship with you, and he just wants these older mistakes to go away. It’s okay, he only loves you, so if you could, please help.
How to Handle Gay Dating Scams Online
First, don’t send them anything. Not money, not bank details, nor credit card information. Most online dating sites take the safety and security of their members very seriously. Over the years match.com has spent millions of dollars improving security, hiring staff, and implementing procedures for the protection of their online patrons. Alert your online dating site and let them know you think you might be a victim of a gay dating scam online. The earlier that you report them, the greater the chance is that they might be caught.
Secondly, tell a close friend about your online boyfriend. Scammers may become emotionally, psychologically, and even verbally abusive if you refuse to send them money. If you have someone backing you up, it is much easier to guard your heart and wallet.
Lastly, be extremely practical. It might be true that 80% of gay men meet their partners online, but, unfortunately, some of them are scammers. Do a quick check, run their profile pictures and other uploaded images through Google Images Search, and see if they can be found anywhere else. Keep your head straight, and be very aware that emotional manipulation is possible. You’re worth more than whatever scammers can get out of you, so take care of yourself, use common sense and enjoy your dating experience online.
Prepared with the knowledge to combat gay dating scammers, aren’t you ready to begin something special with your Compatible Partner? Time to give it a try.