Internet dating con artists
It pleases me no end to see my friend Casey Jones, a victim-turned-advocate, launch her new website Women Against Con Men (WAC-M.com), a site aimed at supporting the victims of con-artists.
WAC-M takes a proactive role in the prevention of women or men becoming victimized by con artists and encourages individuals to come out from hiding and fight back to prevent repeat serial con men from harming others.
In today's world of online dating, social networking and cyber crimes, it's important to look at the risks of getting to know someone who can easily misrepresent himself or mislead you.He has since taken down his fraudulent profile, but it seems he may be facing criminal charges. Be extremely wary of giving out personal information.There is no need to include your full name, address and a link to your Facebook page on your online dating profile. Don not include any phone numbers/IM addresses/work information/financial details etc. These details can be exchanged with a person that you have met online LATER, once you have generated a sufficient amount of trust.Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.
Con artists may express their “love” quickly and effusively, find similarities with the victim, and claim the online match was destiny.