But today, on Valentine’s Day, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. Their most common targets are women over 40, who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.
I have seen cases with total loss ranging from 15.000 Euros to 87.000 British Pounds and the duration spanning between 1 to 3 or even 4 years of digital relationship.
There is little that can be done in such cases from the legal point of view and chances of legal action success depend largely on the evidence worthy of trust in court.
Yes, you could get scammed, but if you use a little common sense and follow the tips laid out below the chances are pretty slim.
Before we get into how to protect yourself, let's first take a look at how these con artists operate...
Basically, a Western guy meets an Eastern woman on Internet chat or dating services, they develop a relationship over the Internet and in some cases even meeting in real life, then he sends her large amounts of money and the girl eventually disappears. While the discussions go on, the theme of hard life, poverty and financial problems in the girl's family is gradually introduced, together with her wish to escape these problems.
The most commonly met scenarios involve the guy coming to live in Romania, and in rare cases that of her leaving Romania to live somewhere else.
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.
They are looking for love, friendship and affection just like you guys are.
Here at International Love Scout we have researched each site we feature girls from to ensure, to the best of our ability, that the sites are fair to your wallet and your heart. We give the straight scoop on scammers, players, and shady operators, and explain our approach to helping you find the love of your life.