They are quite good at appearing honest and innocent, and extremely skilled in conning people out of their money, their virtue and their dignity.Here are some common tricks used by professional scammers, and ways to avoid getting into their traps.
They can also claim they're caring for an elderly parent.Often, either in the profile or in one of the first messages they'll send, they'll mention they are 'working' in a foreign country.The best way to spot con artists through their profiles is to scrutinize the content.Here are some things to watch for: Men targeting women: It's not unusual for these men to claim to be widowed, and frequently they will claim to have one young child (a son about eight years old seems to be common, for some reason, but it can be any age).And we all know that many people end up being conned in person, too.
Since you probably are not the one who initiated contact (by clicking on the profile and sending a message), your first contact with them will likely be when the con artist send you a message wanting to meet you.
The written profiles of online scam artists on dating sites have gotten much trickier to spot in the past several years.
The poor writing and bad spelling so common a few years ago is less often as evident; profiles can be expertly written these days.
Often, the 'young woman' will claim to be finishing her education, or to have a small business or otherwise sound industrious and somewhat educated.
As with the con artists targeting women, these scammers can frequently have well-written profiles rather than the broken language of a few years ago.
Here are a few things to watch for: They claim an instant attraction: If you get a message saying someone more or less fell for you the minute they read your profile, beware.