“Change account numbers, PIN numbers and passwords. But what is going to make a potential hook-up banish you into the abyss of the left swipe?They work in teams, so during the day his name might be ‘Steven,’ and when the other guy comes on duty, it changes to ‘Stephen.'” Reputable dating sites have an internal operation tasked with weeding out these fraudsters, says Mark Huffman, a reporter for Consumer Affairs, a news and advocacy organization based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.But, it’s not as effective as everyone would like it to be.Some online dating scammers post photos and profiles designed to lure singles to “chat.” The, unsuspecting victims fall under their spell and are bilked out of hundreds and thousands of dollars. Several months and many lies later, he’d drained her bank account of 0,000. We meet Marlene in author Carole Brody Fleet’s new book, due out in April 2016, “When Bad Things Happens to Good Women.” Fleet also spent some time on Internet matchmaking sites, giving her expertise in spotting fakers.Marlene (not her real name), an attractive, educated and successful woman, sought pen pals through online dating sites after her husband died. “Don’t be so anxious to get a date for Valentine’s Day that you jeopardize your own safety,” Fleet says.Trained volunteers will guide callers on what steps to take next and send them to the appropriate regulator.Fleet says to call your local authorities and the FBI.
Nofziger says if you spot any of these warning signals, cease the interaction immediately and report what happened to the dating site.Perform a Google Image search on the person’s photo.Fraudsters often use profiles stolen off the Web from modeling agencies or military sites.Most likely these pretenders are victimizing more than one target on this particular site so the owners want them off.She recognizes cutting it off can be difficult when you feel isolated and lonely.