Dating Scammers, what are they, how to spot them and what to do

Say No To online Dating Scammers

Say No To online Dating ScammersOnline dating is a safe, fun and exciting way of meeting new people, as long as you keep your wits about you and keep your feet firmly on the ground. At Singles Over 70, we take online fraud very seriously and are constantly working to stamp it out.

What Is A Dating Scammer?

A Scammer is a person who, one way or another, may want to exploit you for their own gain. Scamming is a crime and when it is associated with online dating, we call it romance fraud.

How to spot a dating scammer

Language and grammar
Does the person you are talking to, use language and grammar relative to where they say they are from? Is their spelling as good as you would expect it to be? Do they use English phrases incorrectly? Perhaps they start messages to you with "Hello Dear", or perhaps the content of the messages sound a little strange "I am George by name, I and 50 by age", "I hope to be reading from you soon".

Fast Moving
Is the person you are talking to, messaging you with expressions of undying love very early in your online relationship?

Money Requests
Do not send any money to another dating member, no matter how persuasive they are. A scammer may ask you for money for any number of reasons, one of the commonest is to use the money to pay for a plane ticket, so that they may visit you. Another common tactic is for the scammer to request your bank details, with the promise of them depositing money they have inherited, into your bank account for safe keeping.

Telltale profiles to look out for
Common scammer profiles may show them as working abroad, perhaps for a charity or in the armed forces. Sometimes the profile is blank, which may raise concerns about whether the member is able to write an English profile. Does the profile photo give the scammer away?

Trust your instincts

If something feels wrong, it most probably is.

Protect your privacy

If a dating member requests that you continue your discussion outside of the dating website that you first met too soon, perhaps via email or social media, do not reply to them. This is likely a tactic for the scammer to avoid detection by our dating website staff.

How do I report a suspected scammer?

If you suspect that somebody isn't who they say they are or they give you cause for concern in some other way, simply scroll to the bottom of their profile and click the "Report profile" link, which looks like the image below:
Report profile link
Your report will be kept strictly confidential and the person that you have reported will not be aware of your report. We also suggest you activate the "Ignore" link following your report, so as not to be contacted by that member again. Don't worry, if you activate the ignore, the member you wish to ignore will not be able to see your profile anymore and will probably think you have left the service. We will then investigate your report and take whatever action is necessary.

Read more about how to prevent romance scams on the UK police website here:

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