One way to steer clear of these criminals altogether is to stick to online dating websites with nationally known reputations.
Finally, the FBI advises not to send money through any wire transfer service to someone you met online.
These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.
He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.
Keep your date from getting overwhelmed — and guard your own heart — by taking things slow. In the meantime, just keep things at “like” and reassure your date that you’re interested in moving forward. It can come across as too eager — or worse, desperate.
Also, no one wants to hear that you’ve been planning a wedding on your own. Meeting up with some friends or a sibling for a drink is one thing, inviting your date to your aunt’s birthday party is another. You don’t want your grandma coming to conclusions about the where the relationship is headed before you do. Don’t overwhelm your date with unnecessary (and bitter) details in the early stages of a relationship.
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 (
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
If you believe you are the victim of an online dating scam or any Internet facilitated crime, please file a report at
And in that excitement, it’s easy to jump ahead and make some big dating mistakes.
Draw some careful boundaries for your burgeoning relationship. Related: Don’t ask him to reschedule his life for you. Don’t expect him to cancel poker night for your friend’s wine and cheese night. Let her brag to all of her coworkers about you for months before you make an appearance.
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie.