Wednesday, 28 January 2015

How To Avoid Online Dating Scam

For most of us, finding love on the internet can be a gift from heaven, and for others however, it can be a life-ruining decision leaving them in a serious financial crisis and heartbroken.

Scammers target victims by creating attractive but a fake profile on social media. once you are in contact with them, they will express strong emotions for you within a very short period of time and they demand having a discussion with you on a private email of phone.

On a daily basis, I receive several scam message and have develop a tactics on how to deal with them.

My previous post on how to get the right relationship from online dating. A friend after reading that post asked if she won't get herself into scam by dating someone online. So I write this post on the necessary steps on how to avoid inter dating scam.

Follow the steps bellow to avoid been scammed online

(1) Take a careful look at the person's profile picture: Since we all know that the easiest way to get people lure into problem online is to make your profile picture more attractive and well package. So be wise to to know if such person exist in reality before falling in love.

(2)  Do more search on the person on the internet: For instance if that lover of yours presented him/herself with a unique name. Try as much as possible to search how real is that name. Use other social media to confirm the reality of such a person, for instance, if you guys met on Facebook try as much as possible if the name also exist on twitter with the same identity and picture. Make serious comparison of their profile and find  out if what you know about the person match up with their claims.

(4) Monitor how they quickly turn things around: Scammers will always want to shift the relationship into intimacy as soon as possible because they only want to quickly dupe you and move on to the next victims. Be careful if your online lovers want to take everything off social media to private email or phone call alone. 

In almost everyday, I receive mails from Scammers expressing great love for me after viewing my profile. Believe me the best way to get ride of them is to ignore such messages.

(5) Keep personal data to yourself: I don't think there is any need to start sharing your personal data to someone you don't really know in the name of love. Be aware that the more you reveal about yourself the more leverage you give to Scammers to manipulate or threat you in case you desist.

(6) Date someone within your locality: Find your online love within your locality. If you live in Taraba and you found love in Lagos, it is more easier to be scammed, especially when the person lives thousands of mile from you. 

Local people are more likely to be genuinely looking for connection and it would be easier to verify their existence. it's has been clearly established that most online Scammers hide behind distance. And if you must date someone in a far distance you must be well informed and be prepared. You can also read my post on distance relationship.

(7) Arrange to meet eachother soon: one funny thing is that, it is very easy to be a completely different person online than in real life. the light young pretty lady online could be the most ugly girl you've ever meet. Before you agreed to meeting eachother, you must have spoken on phone. If you agreed to meet up, do that during the day and in a public area to avoid been kidnapped.

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