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.I can’t wait to see you.’ Maria: ‘I can’t understand how you can think so dedicated of me, when you have never met me.That scares me.’ But in Nigeria, tragedy struck – her lover explained that he and his son were mugged and badly injured, and his bank did not have a branch in Africa.Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
It was then that she realised something wasn’t right – and after a few weeks of no communication, he confessed that he was a 24-year-old scammer.
Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.
If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.