They ask for money, like "Adam Smith" did with Lilo Schuster. "You feel like you're contributing to your relationship, that you're helping his daughter be able to go on a trip that he couldn't provide for her, but, you know, he'll pay me back is what he had said," she recalled. If someone you are dating — online or otherwise — asks you for money, do not give it.
"I would say, 99-plus percent of the time, the answer would be, 'I'm sorry, I can't send you any money.' I can't really envision a scenario when that's anything other than a scam," Hood said.
If you are also using an online dating site, it is easy for a scam artist to cross-check your name with your Facebook profile.
If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, report your concerns to the dating site.
Reputable sites will shut down accounts that are engaging in questionable activity.
It could help stop a fraudster in his cruel and dastardly tracks.
There’s absolutely no question it’s best to meet someone online.
The internet has revolutionized the world of dating, but it is also a new breeding ground for scams. One way to check is to do a reverse image search on Google. It will allow you to either upload the profile photo or paste it directly from the web site.
The FBI says romance scams are rampant online, with an estimated 0 million in losses last year. "If you get a million results for it, chances are it's some kind of a stock photo," Hood said.
Illinois chiropractor Lilo Schuster fell for it, and fell hard.
But it is a necessary one in order to make certain that your new love is for real. At the same time, however, the FBI says to beware of an online suitor who quickly seeks to lure you "offline" or away from the dating site. Language matters Pay attention to your love interest's use of the language, both in their online profile and in chats and emails. "One sign is if there is weird spelling or punctuation," Hood said.
"Even in the last decade, so many more people meet other people online for the purpose of dating," said New York attorney Jonathan Hood, who has written extensively on internet fraud. Of course, the best way to tell if the person you are dealing with is real is to meet in person. "If they say, 'I'm not ready to meet you in person,' or 'I want to continue just chatting online,' that could be trouble," Hood said.
"It just makes it so much easier for people to connect without ever meeting in person, and sort of as a result, never really verifying that the other person is who they say they are." In the latest twist, reported on the next episode of CNBC's "American Greed," con artists are exploiting Americans' respect for the military. Moving your relationship from virtual to real is a big step. If you are not yet comfortable meeting your new friend in person, Hood says to at least try to move away from the confines of the dating site by getting their email address or connecting on Facebook. "If you start getting, 'I'm not sure that I'm comfortable with that yet,' it doesn't mean that they're a scammer, but in my mind it would raise some red flags," Hood said.
But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to be outted by a Private Investigator.