If you think you have already been scammed, file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.It could help stop a fraudster in his cruel and dastardly tracks. Suddenly, you and your new online beau have an "uncanny" connection. Be careful about how much you reveal about yourself online. If you are also using an online dating site, it is easy for a scam artist to cross-check your name with your Facebook profile. "The criminals who carry out romance scams are experts at what they do," the agency says.
Maria and Andrew seemed to hit it off and began planning a road trip for that summer when Andrew would come back to the U. Andrew sent Maria a check for ,000 to cover the cost of their trip, but then suddenly asked her to send ,500 back to him because he needed money for rent after being laid off from his job.But it is a necessary one in order to make certain that your new love is for real. At the same time, however, the FBI says to beware of an online suitor who quickly seeks to lure you "offline" or away from the dating site. Language matters Pay attention to your love interest's use of the language, both in their online profile and in chats and emails. "One sign is if there is weird spelling or punctuation," Hood said."A lot of times English isn't somebody's first language, so that's completely understandable. S.-born and their writing just doesn't feel like that of a native-born person, that could be a red flag." That is because online dating scams in particular frequently originate overseas.The FBI says romance scams are rampant online, with an estimated 0 million in losses last year. "If you get a million results for it, chances are it's some kind of a stock photo," Hood said."Even in the last decade, so many more people meet other people online for the purpose of dating," said New York attorney Jonathan Hood, who has written extensively on internet fraud. Of course, the best way to tell if the person you are dealing with is real is to meet in person. "If they say, 'I'm not ready to meet you in person,' or 'I want to continue just chatting online,' that could be trouble," Hood said.