“I’ve heard of women cleaning out their entire retirement accounts to send to these guys, these scammers.” Hannet said scammers use fake dating profiles and pictures to trick women into sending money for the chance to meet.
A quick search for Hannett shows two false Facebook accounts featuring his real picture. Shannon Smith is senior council at the Attorney General’s Office.
“The number one scam is the daters themselves not being authentic,” said David Evans, an industry veteran and author of the blog Online Dating Insider.
“That by far dwarfs anything else you’ll dig up.” Dating scams range from using a dishonest photo from ten years or 30 lbs.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-Mc CHORD — A local soldier has received thousands of emails from love interests around the world.
There’s only one problem: He’s not looking for love.
What’s worse is that in the era of online dating and virtual correspondence, it can be difficult to weed out some of the more elaborate romance scams.Men get fleeced too–I got an email this morning, ‘she moved in with me burned down my house and took my money.'” Worse, Mr.Evans has talked to many women who were attacked or raped by someone they met on a dating site. But Maria Coder, a former investigative reporter, is a professional Investi Dater. Coder started to compile resources for hapless daters: Criminal and Family Watchdog.us, free criminal sex offender databases and Spy to hear someone’s voicemail without having the phone ring are just a few. Coder still dates online–“online, offline, wherever I can get a date I take it”–and her favorite dating site is Craigslist’s personals, believe it or not.The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.