If you've used a dating site or app like Ok Cupid or Tinder, you'll have noticed the hundreds of fake profiles that exist on the sites, seemingly designed to make you hand over your profile to scammers.Dating sites are, thankfully, getting better at spotting who is using their service to send thousands of spam messages.On the basis of just these scant facts, it seems incredible that a well-educated, successful and responsible woman would even consider handing over her life-savings to an apparent stranger – and yet chilling details from the trial hint at the sophisticated brainwashing involved.Based on the secret techniques of pick-up artists, the book contains step-by-step instructions on how to ensnare a victim, such as ‘Select a Target’, ‘Isolate the Target’, ‘Create an Emotional Connection’ and ‘Blast Last-Minute Resistance’.Those who swallow their pride and do it anyway are like gazelles pasturing on a savannah, easy game for vicious hyenas.When I started my adventures on the online dating scene, I was very naive.The approach that members take to get to know you will always vary.However, in all cases it is worth asking yourself, “Is this person looking for a relationship, and are they interested in the person I am”.
But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.
He says he’s single, honest and looking for love – just like you, in fact.
All he needs is a little money to get him through a tricky situation…
I came up with this hobby when I discovered a phenomenon I had not been aware of: romance scams.
This was when I had just started experimenting online dating.