But rather than finding true love, a soul mate or even a good date, you might find yourself the victim of a con artist.And we're not talking about someone who is actually 15 years older and 30 pounds heavier than their profile photo would suggest.Gold and Goldfarb even take care of that awkward post-date analysis.
Paid dating sites can end up costing you hundreds of dollars a year without a single date.
Commonly known as romance scams, dating scams, or grooming scams, the perpetrator uses communication with you via an online dating site as a door into your heart. Lures you by getting you to like who they pretend to be. They're so grateful to have finally met someone like you. They hint to you that they need money, or they ask outright. Their elderly mother is ill, or they need medical attention themselves.
Establishes a "connection." Then they go in for the money shakedown. They're going to be evicted from their apartment, or they've lost their job, or their ex-spouse isn't paying the child support that's due.
These scammers create fake profiles, and once you respond to their messages, things move very quickly. They need money for a plane ticket so they can meet you in person, or they need a temporary loan so they can book a romantic dream vacation to take you away.
They might even suggest you help them by sharing your bank account or credit card information.
LINK: FBI Internet Crime Center LINK: FBI release in Internet crimes Whether you meet someone in person, or find someone online, Gold and Goldfarb offer some tips in what you should look for in a new relationship. Honesty (and) someone who's kind (and) generous," Gold said.