If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.
Romance scams happen when victims are deceived into ‘false’ relationships by fraudsters who aim to steal their money or personal information.
It’s wise, though, to be careful when communicating with potential romantic interests.
Here are some safety tips: How to report it You can report fake dating profiles to the websites that they’re posted on.
They may ask you to send funds to the account of a third party who may be described as a work colleague or administrator.
However, the third party is often a victim themselves who is being used to launder money on behalf of the scammer.
Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.
Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.
If someone sends you a message and says they’d like to get to know you, save a copy of their picture and use Google’s reverse image search to see if anyone has posted about that photo being used for a scam.