How to spot an online dating scammer
They will use your fear to trick you into paying a "fine" (called ransomware) to make everything OK, but it's nothing more than blackmail under false pretense. They want your personal information so they can steal your identity to sell it to other crooks or use it themselves to obtain loans and credit cards in your name.
Mark Brooks of Online Personals Watch works with many online dating sites - and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love.
Even if they’ve been taken for tens of thousands of dollars.
They’re not going to get satisfaction legally or financially.
Spotting scammers is getting harder – but there are still ways to ensure you stay safe, Brooks says.
Never give out your credit card or personal information to anyone based on an email you received or a link you found in a pop-up message.The previous paragraph was an extreme oversimplification of the basics of a typical online scam, the "real" versions of these scams are much more sophisticated and believable.