In an earlier blog post entitled "7 Unromantic Facts About Online Dating," we looked at the growing phenomenon of online dating as a modern approach to dating and mating. "Catfishing" A romance scam, often called "catfishing," is a special breed of fraud where the con artist fakes romantic interest in his or her mark (victim), wins his or her affection, and then abuses that amity to perpetrate a fraud.
Increasingly, these scammers are hitting online dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to troll for victims. Phil Mc Graw, popular mental health expert and host of daytime talk show , it's hard to tell whether you're getting hooked on a catfish.
She responded by reporting him to the local sheriff and the FBI. The authorities never recovered her money, and she was forced to take out loans to live. alone, romance scammers sweet-talked 5,900 victims out of more than .7 million in 2014.
The widow's story is a classic case of a romance scam. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as romance scams are grossly underreported.
To resolve these emergencies, John asked for financial help from the widow.
The widow finally insisted that John reveal himself on a webcam.
In spite of the unmasking of John's true identity, he continued to profess his love for the widow.
A common ruse is for the scammer to claim to be from the U. but is currently unavailable because he or she is temporarily outside of the country. Your match is faced with a sudden emergency, often occurring overseas, requiring your financial assistance to pay for things like travel, visas, hospital bills, a financial misfortune, and so on. If you think that you've fallen prey to a romance scam, report it to the online dating site or the website where the scammer found you.
Contact your local police department to assist you in making a paper trail.
By stealing the identity of a wealthy person, the scammer masquerades as a man or woman of means. Poor grammar, wonky sentence structure, or odd word choices could spell a foreign scammer.
This is especially true when your match claims to be well-educated and tries to pass him- or herself off as a native speaker. Your match finds every excuse not to meet face to face. Many scammers run their operations out of a foreign country, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Russia, or the Philippines, even though their profiles may indicate that they're geographically nearby.