My daughter is dating a con artist
Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.
But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.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.Scammers can be smart, but even the best crooks have telltale giveaways. If they’re really living out of an RV in Oklahoma, a background check may reveal the truth. If we imagine the workings of a con artist as a formula, it usually follows the same pattern each time.
Follow our tips and you’ll learn the secrets to outsmarting a con artist. A new person comes into your life, offering you something you desire.
Even if you think you found this person on your own, in hindsight it will be very clear that the scammer was waiting for you.
A cunning crook will appeal to something that you want in order to take advantage.
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Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.