Some online dating scammers post photos and profiles designed to lure singles to "chat." The, unsuspecting victims fall under their spell and are bilked out of hundreds and thousands of dollars. Several months and many lies later, he'd drained her bank account of 0,000. We meet Marlene in author Carole Brody Fleet's new book, due out in April 2016, "When Bad Things Happens to Good Women." Fleet also spent some time on Internet matchmaking sites, giving her expertise in spotting fakers."Don't be so anxious to get a date for Valentine's Day that you jeopardize your own safety," Fleet says.Marlene (not her real name), an attractive, educated and successful woman, sought pen pals through online dating sites after her husband died. She encourages anyone involved in or considering the Internet dating scene to beware when the following happens: In the beginning, they might send flowers and even write poetry to charm you.This is an adventure and a possibility to find love.**Instead of getting upset when someone does not respond or ask you out on a second date, say: It was not meant to be, NEXT!If that online dating profile sounds too good to be true, it probably is.One in ten profiles is fake, according to research from dating website Seeking Arrangement.com, which deletes more than 200 fraudulent accounts every day.
**Instead of saying “there are only perverts, fakers, liars, and weirdos”, say : “wow, look at all of these great men on here.
Once they've hooked you, the requests for money start.
If you're suspicious, Nofziger has some suggestions on how to find out if your potential match is actually part of an online dating scam.
Perform a Google Image search on the person's photo.
Fraudsters often use profiles stolen off the Web from modeling agencies or military sites."Doing the Google search for the scammer lets you know if the photo actually originated from one of these sites, and isn't the actual photo of the suitor," Nofziger says.