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Behind many dating profiles lurk scammers who are ready to dupe users into believing they have found love. Online dating and social media have made it easier than ever to meet new people and find dates. But often it is the first step in a phishing scheme to steal personal information or a romance scam to trick you out of money. Most romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites created by stealing photos and text from real s or elsewhere.
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Over a short period of time, the scammer builds a fake relationship with you, exchanging photos and romantic messages, even talking on the phone or through a webcam. Just when the relationship seems to be getting serious, your new sweetheart has a health issue or family emergency, or wants to plan a visit.
No matter the story, the request is the same: they need money. Or the scammer stops communicating altogether. Too hot to be true.
Scammers offer up good-looking photos and tales of financial success. Be honest with yourself about who would be genuinely interested.
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In a hurry to get off the site. Catfishers will try very quickly to get you to move to communicating throughmessenger, or phone. Moving fast. A catfisher will begin speaking of a future together and tell you they love you quickly.
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Talk about trust. Catfishers will start manipulating you with talk about trust and how important it is. This will often be a first step to asking you for money. Be wary of someone who always has an excuse to postpone meeting because they say they are traveling or live overseas or are in the military.
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Before moving on to asking you for money, the scammer may hint at financial troubles like heat being cut off or a stolen car or a sick relative, or they may share a sad story from their past death of parents or spouse, etc. Weather Kid. Cenla Weather Roundup.
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