It’s no secret that social media and digital dating products have made it easier for people to connect, communicate, and meet up with each other. When you’re online dating it can be a lot of fun and it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of meeting new people. Tips on How to Avoid Romance Scams
But while you’re having fun, it’s important to remember that some people aren’t always what they seem and you still need to watch out for yourself. [Also read: How To Feel Comfortable In Your Relationship]
1. NEVER give someone money.
Bottom line, there is no reason for anyone to ask you for money or your financial information while you’re online dating. Ever. If someone asks you for money, stop your communications and report him or her immediately. [Also read: 8 Key Reasons Why People Cheat in a Relationship]
2. Don’t get tricked into moving communication off of the app too soon.
Because dating apps are actively trying to catch fraudsters, the fraudster will often try to get you to move your communication off of the app as soon as they can. That way they have more information about you (such as your email or your phone number) and it’s less likely they’ll get caught. And if your new love suddenly isn’t a member anymore, they may have been a fraudster who got caught and had their account disabled. So get to know someone better on the app you’re using, then give out your contact information once you know more about them. [Also read: 9 Tips on How to Get the Best organism During S*x]
3. Claiming to be in the military, on an oil rig, or working overseas are common stories scammers tell.
Because scammers need to have a believable reason why they can’t meet up with you, they use a few of the same scenarios—working on an oil rig or serving in the military are two of the most common, but be weary of anyone who’s always making excuses about why they can’t meet up with you in person. [Also read: 7 Hot Foreplay Tips to Drive Your Partner Wild]
4. Scammers often get the details wrong.
Because scammers are communicating with a lot of potential victims at once, they often get details like your name or even their own name wrong. Other red flags are if the person you’re talking to is always vague, repeats the things you say, or dodges your questions and doesn’t answer them. [Also read: 10 Things Women Do that Drive Men Away]