Internet dating con artists

While both men and women fall for romantic scams, my client base is 80% female. There is not a day that goes by in my office without a phone call from a female having an issue related to an Internet dating site.

(We actually get about ten of these calls per week.) The purpose of these calls is that the woman wants us to verify whether a man she has been corresponding with is actually who his profile says he is.

Do you have a history of dating and falling love with the wrong man?

This summer I’ve had a few calls from people who have felt they’ve been scammed by “quick and easy” Internet marketing companies and their lofty promises.

Internet dating is a legitimate way to find a romantic partner without the stigma it once had. They will have plenty of time for you with numerous, long phone calls, emails and chats.

However, this cyber playground provides anonymity for the players, con-artists and cheating husbands. They will tell you they never fell in love so fast with a woman and that no one understands him like you do and he’ll say things like you are a “God send” and he wants take care of you.

He will listen carefully to you, size you up and know just what to say to steal your heart.

Let me explain the con as “Jack” told me his story in my Los Angeles office this past week.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to discuss a common phenomenon in the online dating world – the long-distance love con.

These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.

He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.

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