DENVER, CO — Technological advances in online dating and social media have made it easier to connect with people and potentially make a match, but these advances have also made things more available for scammers. Dating sites offer convenience and anonymity, which is just what scammers need.
You might think you know someone well through an exchange of photos, emails, or chat/messaging conversations, but it’s simple to conceal the truth when hiding behind a keyboard. Many scammers create fake profiles on online dating sites, stealing photos and text from real accounts or elsewhere, and may have any number of reasons why they can’t meet in person. After building a strong rapport, the scammer might have a health issue or family emergency, or merely wish to finally visit! The solution? Sending the sweetheart some money! Generally this first request, if fulfilled, is not enough, and is followed by another request, and then another, or else communication ends completely.
Prospective partners might be waving obvious red flags (pay attention) if:
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