Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
The first step is to listen to your gut instinct, if something doesn’t seem quite right- it’s probably not.
From there you may have to put on your online investigator hat and do some research.
He offers these six tips to help you avoid being taken in.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. Some wait for the perfect prey, others simply target someone that has previously been victimised and is vulnerable, or lonely.If you have been through a rough time before, and seek to find another relationship to feel better and get over the hurt and pain of the last one – STOP!!!And while it may seem like common sense to "never, ever send money to someone that you just met," Crandall said, "for some people, when they've got those rose-coloured glasses, it's easy to forget that." Ditto: don't give out your personal or financial information — especially if your new "friend" requests it early on.Your own behaviour, rather than your date's, can offer one of the biggest red flags that your relationship isn't trustworthy.