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Online Dating Scams Requesting Your Money

By George Stenhouse

Online dating scams are all over the internet. If you receive wild promises of love and romance, followed by a request for money, then you should take precautions, review your options and assume you are talking to a scammer. Some of these scammers are in your local area, pretending to live overseas in order to claim money for traveling expenses.

Some may even have a sudden illness and out of the blue, the family requests money for hospital expenses and then funeral expenses. Quick promises of romance. Sudden illness and death. Request for money. Now you know how these scammers work.

Real Romance Takes Time To Develop

Real romance often develop over a period of time. Some take weeks, months and even years. Friends can become romantically involved and then may even marry. This is how real romance develops.

This is why you need to take care when you receive promises of love and romance and then a sudden request for money, as you may be the next victim of online dating scams.

Alerts Issued To Warn People About Attempts At Fraud

This has gotten so bad the U.S. embassy has issued alerts to warn people about this. Here are the basics from the embassy.

United States citizens should be alert to attempts at fraud by persons claiming to live in Russia professing friendship, romantic interest, and /or marriage intentions over the Internet.

Sending Money To Online Dating Scammers

Typically, once a connection is made, the correspondent asks the U.S. citizen to send money or credit card information for living expenses, travel expenses, or "visa costs". Sometimes, the correspondent notifies the American citizen that a close family member, usually the mother, is in desperate need of surgery and begins to request monetary assistance.

Scams have even advanced to the point where the U.S. citizen is informed of a serious or fatal accident to the correspondent and the “family” asks for money to cover hospital or funeral costs. Several citizens have reported losing thousands of dollars through such scams.

A Fictitious Online Persona

The anonymity of the Internet means that the U.S. citizen cannot be sure of the real name, age, marital status, nationality, or even gender of the correspondent. In every case reported to the embassy, the correspondent turned out to be a fictitious persona created only to lure the U.S. citizen into sending money.

These scammers have created male as well as female characters and entice same sex correspondents as well as those of the opposite sex.

Posing As HIV Positive And Asking For Money

A disturbing recent twist are scammers who have connected to U.S. citizens through chat rooms for HIV positive individuals, posed as HIV positive individuals themselves, and asked for money for treatment or travel to the United States.

Correspondents who quickly move to professions of romantic interest or discussion of intimate matters are likely inventions of scammers. A request for funds almost always marks a fraudulent correspondent.

Caution Against Sending Any Money

U.S. citizens are cautioned against sending any money to persons they have not actually met. If they do choose to send money, they can take several precautions.

For example, they may refer to U.S. immigration web site for authoritative information about the immigration process and the true costs involved. For example, U.S. law does not require Russian visitors to have a certain amount of "pocket money" or "walking around money" in either rubles or dollars.

They may arrange to prepay for a plane ticket directly with the carrier rather than wiring money for transportation to the traveler.

If the correspondent provides an image of a purported U.S. visa as proof of intention to travel, the U.S. citizen may contact the United States Embassy in Moscow to ascertain the validity of the visa.

Looking For Opportunities To Steal Your Money

Take these tips in your consideration, whenever you are chatting online, online dating and even videochatting on a web cam. Just be aware that the person you are chatting online, may not be who they say they are and may be looking for opportunities to steal your money.

It is not only overseas scammers who are looking for victims. There may be people in your local area pretending to live overseas. Just like some of the bank scammers are not based overseas, some of the scammers in your area are also looking for victims.

These local scammers may be pretending to live overseas in order to get more money from you, to pay for airline tickets, accommodation and other traveling expenses.

Need Your Money To Make Everything Right

If someone is making wild promises of romance and love, comes back the next day and tells you a tale of woe and everything in his life has suddenly turned upside down and needs your money to make everything right again, then you should take extreme caution and presume he may be a scammer.

You work hard to earn your money, you should not make it easy to lose your money to online dating scams.

About the Author: George Stenhouse is a popular author of dating articles including Dating Agencies, How to Meet Women, Dating Internet Service, Online Chat, Online Romance, Senior Dating, Dating Agencies, Chat Pages, Dating Chat.
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