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The Top Online Dating Scams Of 2015 And How To Avoid Them
By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
As the trend of online dating grows, so do the numbers of online dating scams. Lesbians are no more immune to this danger than anyone else with an online dating profile. While online dating sites go above and beyond to protect their clients, like match.com, who in 2012 went back and ran background checks on all their currently registered users, there are always new scams that slip that try to slip under the radar. By staying ahead of the curve, however, you can ensure you own protection from these new scams. Check out these most popular online dating scams for 2015 and learn how to protect yourself from these online dating scammers.
Dating Scam 1: The Long-distance Romance
The most popular online dating scams have the “overseas" element to them. To have a good excuse to not meet you, most scammers work overseas. After a few weeks or months of communicating with you--depending on how fast the scammer can get you to swoon--she will have a sudden need for cash.
Most likely, she is “preparing to come home to see you." But suddenly there’s a problem with her papers, and she needs money to have them processed so that the two of you could finally be together. If you could just send over a few thousand dollars, the two of you could be together.
Dating Scam 2: Who Doesn’t Love A Girl in Uniform?
Because of their convenience, military scams are becoming more and more popular. Unfortunately, even lesbians are part of this scam. After all, who doesn’t love a girl in uniform?
The most popular scams have the scammer abroad in Iraq or Afghanistan. Your new online girlfriend is homesick and lonely. She begs for details of home, listens with rapt attention, drinking it all in while being evasive on questions of her own personal details. Falling under the long-distance scam, she can claim to be on leave or is being relocated near you and she just needs some money to move near you.
Dating Scam 3: A Story to Make Your Heart Beat Faster
Unfortunately, not in a good way. It’s that heart-stutter that comes when someone you love (or someone close to her) has been in an accident. So here’s how the scam goes. Your relationship is going pretty well, when suddenly she has an accident--usually a car accident, because that’s sudden enough with a high possibility of injury. She needs funds right away, and at the moment, to cover her extended pay in the hospital or to cover her prescriptions.
This is the love of your life; you aren’t going to let her suffer...
Dating Scam 4: Getting Personal
This scam is becoming much more popular and isn’t nearly as obvious as it doesn’t have the online dating red flags that other scams have. You and your date have switched to personal messaging or texting. “Hey," she texts. “Send me a pic of--let your imagination supply it. It’s okay. No one else will ever see it." Because you are quite certain that you can trust her with your life anyway, you go ahead and send the pictures.
A month or so later, you get a link to a website that has those pictures on it, and sometimes, screenshots of your wilder conversations. “A hundred dollars a month," she says, “or this goes public." You’ve just fallen victim to someone trying to blackmail you.
What Are the Online Dating Red Flags?
Red Flag 1: A Vampirical Profile Pic There is a reason that all the vampires are of unbelievable beauty: they are hunting their prey in the form of human beings, and beauty is bait. Online dating scammers know that, and use it, like vampires, to deadly effect.
Make sure that the girl you’re dating has uses a site like Zoosk which offers “Photo Verified" badges for their members that can verify their online dating profile pictures.
Red Flag 2: “Let’s Go Somewhere Private" Just like you would think twice about accompanying someone you’ve just met once to a more “private" place, let the red flag go up if your online date suggests moving off the dating website into personal messaging or texting.
Red Flag 3: A Digital Romance If you and your date have been chatting for some time now, but she has come up with 73 reasons--and counting--as to why you can’t video chat online or go out on a face-to-face date, it’s okay to get suspicious. What girl goes on an online dating site just to stay a motionless entity behind a perfect profile pic?
Now that you know a few of the most prevalent scams and the most popular online dating red flags that accompany them, set a few rules for yourself that will help you filter out those scammers.
First, make it a point to run every profile pic through Google Images search. You might find that it did come from an online magazine, or from the public profile of a model.
Second, when asked to move to a more personal form of messaging, politely say that you have this rule about linking personal messaging platforms to dating apps. If she says that her membership is almost up, say you sympathize, but don’t follow along. That is the most-used scammer line.
Third, bring up the possibility of meeting up relatively early in the game, if you feel like the two of you have hit it off. That will let you know early enough if you might be dealing with an online dating scammer.
There are plenty of other girls out there. But the fun of the game lies in safety, so hold your own and date wisely.
Now that you know how to stay safe in the world of online dating, start your journey to finding love.