Scammers are more likely than honest profiles to have passwords like "godisgood" or "lovinggod." Look out for ladies Seventy-one percent of scam profiles say they're female. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the most common romance scam target is a woman over 40.) Black widows Sixty-three percent of scam profiles say they're widowers.
(This may be specific to Seeking Arrangement, where most of the wealthy "sugar daddy" users are straight men. "These men and women tug on your heartstrings," Velasquez says.
We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (
Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.
Certain races Although American Indians make up less than 2 percent of the U. population, 36 percent of scam profiles say they're Native.
Other popular races are mixed (19 percent) and other (17 percent). Certain places Just like spam in your email inbox, scam profiles most commonly come from Nigeria (28 percent).
In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).
In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.