CBS on Online Dating Scams and Picture Stealing

(Online Dating Information)  CBS News has put up a video on how scammers are stealing pictures, posting fake profiles, then stealing thousands of dollars from victims who are scammed. A man named Robert Frost has had his picture stolen and used on hundreds of online dating services to make victims fall in love then scam them out of money. Here’s the report

Tall, Dark, and Handsome May Be Scammer and Fraud

(Online Dating Information) One of the biggest warning flags when communicating with someone is if they tell you they are working, living, or vacationing in Nigeria. Skilled scammers frequent online dating services looking to form a “relationship” with someone then relieve them of their money. It happens every day. A recent incident was reported by the Nashville Scene. From the paper:

“…But right now, he’s wooing you with his life story, the promise of far-flung locales and his favorite Van Morrison song, “Someone Like You.” Over the next few months, he’ll wake you up with romantic text messages and instant message you all day long. He’ll ask about your day, laugh at all your jokes, and make you feel like the only woman in the world. You’ll burn the midnight oil on the phone at night, where you’ll learn about his dead parents, his inheritance managed by a stingy aunt, his passion for architecture, and his dreams of marriage and children. It all fits together with cinematic significance.

But one day, after weeks of romancing, he calls you, frantic. He’s trying to ship some antiques out of the country and the export fees are exorbitant, but he’s a little strapped for cash…”

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Our Take

One of the reasons Online Dating Information opened a Safety section is to keep online daters aware of the various scams out there. By being aware, you can avoid falling into a trap that will break both your bank account and your heart.

Online Dating Safety Series – Tip #1 (Free Email)

Editor’s Note: Over the course of the next several weeks, Online Dating Information will be publishing safety tips to make your online dating experience more safe and enjoyable. These will be posted one tip at a time with detailed explanations. Below is the first tip in this 15 part series.

Online Dating Safety Tip #1: Use a Free Email Service

What: When you start thinking about participating in online dating, the first thing you need to do is create a new and free email account on a service like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. Make sure the address doesn’t contain any personal information (like your first or last name). You will use this email address for any communications that end up going to email.

Why: The reason you want the free email address (separate from your regular email address) is because when you give yout regular email address, a person can Google it and learn quite a bit of information about you.  Many people use their email address on Websites or in forums and they leave tracks that search engines keep track of and make public. By having a new address you only use for online dating (and never post anywhere), you are securing your privacy so that when a person searches your email address, they will find nothing about you.