Avoiding online dating scams
You don’t want to turn your credit card number over to some fly by night outfit and you certainly don’t want to find out that the emails you thought you were receiving from Natasha… These fears of being ripped off are preyed upon by mainstream media which hypes and over sensationalizes stories of ill-fated foreign love affairs with the purpose of selling more newspapers and T. The vast majority of the foreign women who are looking to date and marry men from other countries are honest ladies with sincere intentions.
You should never feel too stupid or ashamed to report someone.
According to the official Armed Services newspaper Stars & Stripes, these types of scams are prevalent as they are so easy to set up.
The scammer simply steals a photo of the member of the armed forces from their social media profiles to use on unsuspecting women.
The only one trying to get rich quick is the scammer as he or she fishes for your bank details or other financial information. But some scammers have tried to threaten money out of people for not showing pictures, webcam footage or messages that they have managed to get out of users online.
Advice for avoiding scammers • Never ever respond to a request for money. • Never be pressured into giving your personal information such as email address or facebook address.