- Spam is junk mail
- Solicitation is attempting to sell something
- Scammers appeal to victim’s emotions
- Scammers target anyone
- Scam victims can lose $1,000s
- Read all our Scams & Spam pages
- Protect yourself with information
Recall the golden rule – NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE.
Spam and Solicitation
More irritating than dangerous, spamming is the act of sending unwanted commercial advertising material spil electronic junk mail, known spil spam. Soliciting is the act of urging someone to buy something. If you&rsquo,re being spammed or solicited by someone you&rsquo,ve met through an online dating service, cease voeling with that person and report their behavior spil inappropriate.
Hopefully you will have set up a separate email account for online dating use, spil advised ter Getting Commenced, so it will be effortless to quarantine the spammer&rsquo,s emails. Otherwise most email service providers have so-called junk filters or spam blockers to keep the trash out of your inbox.
Online Dating Scams
Scams are more serious because the perpetrators are more sophisticated and the stakes higher, both financially and emotionally. There are many different variations of online dating scams but generally a scammer posts fake profiles on online dating services, befriends online dating users and manipulates their emotions with the aim of extracting money from the victim. Sometimes scammers might even steal your details and use your identity to scam other members.
Reputable online dating services have safety checks te place ter an attempt to verify the legitimacy of member’s profiles but scammers can still slip through using photos downloaded from the internet and fake profiles. While many scammers come from Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa and target boys there is no concrete format. Anyone can be the target of a scammer and anyone that asks for money IS a scammer.
Please read about the Top Ten Scams, Identity Theft, Russian Scams, African Scams and True Scam Stories and Letters for detailed information about the most common online dating scams. Information, education and vigilance are the best forms of protection against online dating scammers and the golden rule is NEVER SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU&rsquo,VE MET ONLINE.