International online dating scams
You’re asked almost instantly for your email address and are suddenly inundated with spam. And then use a separate address (as we suggested above) that you can easily cancel if you start to get a lot of spam.Certainly the most common serious, and perhaps the most hurtful, the shakedown is an online dating scam usually run by an overseas woman (or even more common, a man posing as a woman).
In international dating, often problems arise when you pay for each letter sent and received, as it’s prone to exploitation. Emails with all your contacts are unlimited and free of charge.
But online dates have the advantage of hiding behind a computer, making them seem a whole lot “dreamier” than they really are.
An unpleasant surprise can often feel like — or be — a scam. If something sounds wrong — like a lawyer who says he’s 35 years old but has 25 years of professional experience — start asking questions.
Until you get to know your date better, conceal your personal information, agree to meet only in public and always let a friend know where you will be.
Online Dating Magazine suggests these tactics: An MSNBC article found one third of men dating online are married!