Caution; Dating Scam!
Please be cautious as Dating Scams are currently booming! One can easily get trapped with Dating Scammers. It all begins with an inoffensive short chat or a nice email. Eventually, you most likely lost a large amount of money and maybe you even end up having to press charges against someone.
A typical scammer’s profile
Male scammers pretend to be engineers, architects, sociologists, engineers in the oil industry or veterinarians and computer specialists. Their profile pictures show an attractive white person, but those pictures have actually been stolen. He is not your average guy next door. Furthermore, he pretends to live in America or somewhere in Europe but actually he is located in West Africa. Communicating in fluent written English, usually with the help of costly translation tools, this is the perfect disguise for any scammer.
Female scammers pose as nurses, doctors, staff at the orphanage, teachers, actresses as well as business women of any kind. The uploaded images of those women are very attractive, but mostly stolen, or even specifically made for the scamming scene. This is obvious as pictures feature repetitive body language and clothing. Many women pretend to be Russian. Also, they can originate from South America, Thailand, Africa or Europe. All female scammers speak English fluently, sometimes they even speak perfect German.
This is how the scam works
Initially, conversations are not about money. Priorities are on work, family, love and a common future. Fake stories are created about someone’s personal tragedies in life. An obvious indicator for detecting a scam is that at some point all scammers have to travel to Africa for business or pleasure, if they are not there already. Visiting their new romance is therefore postponed to a later stage. However, before or shortly after the ticket to Germany is booked, difficulties arise: robberies, stolen or confiscated passports, and a hospital stay after a car accident or issues with credit cards. Soon you will be asked for a wire transfer (e.g. Western Union or MoneyGram). Love will always be highlighted strongly in “begging mails”. It is likely that you will be contacted by a “doctor”, a “policeman” or “family members”, who will put even more pressure on you. This often goes as far as an announced suicide by the designated scammer – just to rake in the money.
Thus be cautious with profiles from abroad and stay away from money transfers and other dodgy things. The scam is very clever and bound to break your heart. However, always question your love interest’s history, especially when it comes to money and identification documents. If your new love interest is a genuine person he or she will understand you not wanting to send money to anybody.
Please report any phony profiles to the authorities, in order to maintain a save dating environment online.