Protect yourself from online dating
And you certainly shouldn’t wire money to anybody, as there’s no audit trail.It’s like handing over cash – you won’t be able to get it back if it turns out to be a scam.Asking for money before they’ve met you is a telltale sign of a romance scammer and should set alarm bells ringing.It’s common for romance scammers to pose as a soldier serving in the military as this gives them a good excuse as to why they can’t meet you in person. If you’re dating someone who claims to be in the military, you can offer to give them a call, organise a video chat or send them a letter as they should have a number, internet connection and mailing address.Common fake profiles will use the details of trusted individuals, such as military personnel, aid workers, medical professionals or professionals working abroad, as well as pictures from other legitimate websites.
Dating websites usually aren’t liable for losses you incur while using them, unless you can argue that the service wasn’t provided with reasonable care and skill, or there were checks the website said it would carry out and didn’t.
They then get the victim to send money or hand over enough personal information to steal their identity.
They then get the victim to send money or handover enough personal information to steal their identity.
Always create and use a unique email address different from your personal or professional addresses when setting up a dating website profile.
We would advise you to never send money to anyone you meet through an online dating website, no matter how convincing they appear to be.If the person refuses, this should make you suspicious. Professional photos should be a red flag - especially if they look like a model.