They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for words, sharing ' personal information' and even sending you gifts.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. Dating and romance scams may also use email to make contact and they have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. Scammers will often create very realistic profiles online, and will share information to seem quite legitimate. They are likely to target over 45s who are looking for relationships and are in a comfortable financial position.
Scammers will aim to gain your trust and friendship, and will then seek an opportunity to ask for assistance to pay for flights, medical bills etc. Follow these simple tips to help recognise a scammer: Be open to the idea that scammers are prevalent online. Be careful about the amount of personal information you share and avoid sharing compromising material, which scammers can use to blackmail you.