(Last Updated On: February 9, 2021)

Fake Valentines Quick Check List

You will be contacted by strangers and they will be scammers! Count on it!

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This is one of the two main peaks for romance scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. activities a year!

Here is a quick checklist you can use to help spot a Romance ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.!

Scam Suspect Check List

If you use online dating websites, social media, online games, or any place where people can connect – YOU WILL encounter a scammer.

People looking for love are the MOST likely to fall for a scam.

So keep these things in mind – these are RED FLAGS for scammers:

  • You are contacted out of the blue – you are contacted by a stranger online
  • The email or message is strangely written for a person from the place they say they are from or living in
  • The message is very large – one or two full paragraphs – or more, but they may send something very brief but just not what a person would say to a stranger at the beginning
  • The message contains a lot of the same information as in their description in their profile – as though it is scripted – they will reuse elements
  • The grammar and spelling are weird – sometimes well written, but odd
  • They are looking for someone in a VERY broad age range
  • They give their contact information very quickly – usually to try to get you only something like Hangouts or another platform
  • They have multiple email addresses or profiles with different names or are different from the profile name
  • They have had a family crisis in the past
  • They are having an emergency now
  • They need money from you or other favors
  • They need your identification information and access to deposit money in your accounts

These are just a few of the RED FLAGS you will find.  When you encounter one of these please report them.

How Can You Know?

It is more obvious than you may think, but some victims remain in denialDenial Denial is a refusal or unwillingness to accept something or to accept reality. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something, refusal to acknowledge something unpleasant; And as a term of Psychology: denial is a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality. and need proof:

  • Start with exchanging a couple of messages, and make careful notes of their locations.  In each of your replies, ask something about the location that you know to be true – a restaurant, or a place that locals would know.  See if you get an answer.   If they are a scammer, they are not there and don’t know the area, so they will ignore location questions.  If this happens 2 or 3 times, alarm bells should be going off.
  • You can also make up a detail about the location that they will never be able to look up – such as “I used to love going to the ice cream shop on main street”  They will never tell you that there is no such place. You caught them.
  • Do not confront them. It is enough that you know, do not tell them that you know.

Once you have confirmation, notify the dating website or social media, or platform and report their profile.  Also, report them on www.Anyscam.com

Remember, do not confront or alert them.  That way they will continue to use the same emails and contact information, allowing future prospect victims to find them easily on our site and others.

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Society of Citizens Against Relationship ScamsSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS. Inc.

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