That widowed Ukrainian engineer you just met on your favorite dating website? Scam dating profiles are more likely to say they are Catholic; from Nigeria, the Ukraine or the Philippines; widowed and have a doctoral degree—among other characteristics, according to new data compiled by the dating website Seeking
Romance scammers tug at the heartstrings or stroke the ego to get dating site users to send them money.
Saying they're self-employed makes them more difficult to fact-check by searching a corporate website, Velasquez says.
And royalty have money they can send you, if you only give them your bank account information, while engineers may seem smart and thus trustworthy, Velasquez says.
Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
Seeking Arrangement has banned 60,000 profiles in the last 10 months, or about 220 a day.
"Because of the fact that we do cater to wealthy demographic, we do get an influx of scammers," he says. Seeking Arrangement got its latest stats from screening new profiles over 10 months.There may be tens of thousands of victims, and only a small fraction report it to the FTC. One guy, when I asked what he did for a living, he said I sell metal canned food. He is an African man who lived n LA but was doing "business" n Australia..If this happens to you, please report it at ftc.gov/complaint — click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams. Even at time if connecting I tried to do research in him but hit a brick wall.has a Facebook(I don't) but there is more of story and yes I totally understand how u feel but wanted to say u r not alone.ur head up,don't do ANYTHING u don't feel comfortable n doing Hi Ladies: I'm so sorry for your pain. If you notice only one pic or this person escalates his emotions quickly - even before meeting! True love comes from meeting the person face to face, learning about each other in broad daylight - not over the internet!!Don't let yourselves be tricked into thinking these con artists are sincere.If you gave the scammer your bank or credit card account numbers, contact your bank or credit card company and ask how to protect your accounts.The profiles first go through automated screening software, which flags both traits in the profile, such as certain ethnicities, and things that aren't visible in the profile, such as certain IP addresses and even certain passwords that scammers seem to like more than other people.Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam. I don't wanna leave him I found out he is saying the same thing to other woman. I need to know y they disappear on the week end please someone any one.Unfortunately, online dating scams are all too common. Helen Christiana Terry is a name a scammer has stolen and is using it to extort money from men saying shes a nurse in Nigeria with UNICEF when I contacted UNICEF after she emailed me and I noticed poor english for a nursing student they told me she was a fraud she or whom ever is still using the emails to commit fraud Please, I think my so called boyfriend is a Nigerian scammer. Hello Melanie, I feel what ur going thru, I met someone in EH and his voice didn't match the pic but to find out neither was the pic.which came clean with but I still believed n him until he asked for my financial support.. I didn't send money and that changed the relationship.Other popular races are mixed (19 percent) and other (17 percent). Certain places Just like spam in your email inbox, scam profiles most commonly come from Nigeria (28 percent)."They try to be a different race, something other than the usual, because it sounds more exotic," Velasquez says. Other common countries of origin are the Ukraine (23 percent) and the Philippines (21 percent).