Romance scams

United States
October 15, 2006 8:47am CST
Has anyone been contacted through a dating site only to find out they are scam artists. I have been contacted by a few. after the first one you learn ways to pick them out.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Oh yes, I have been a victim myself. A lot of these scams are coming from other countries. There are even roommate scams going on to for people renting out rooms.
• United States
26 Oct 06
Most of them are from other countries. Everyone I have been contacted by is from Nigeria. It's very sad because this group of people are hurting the honest people from Nigeria. I don't want to communicate with anyone from there. I don't feel that I could trust them.
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
27 Oct 06
Yes, they are all from other countries. Nigeria seems to be the most common area but now the UK is becoming big too on the roommate sites. It is sad that it will affect the good people in Nigeria.
• United States
27 Oct 06
I have never heard of the roommate scam. What is that all about? Are they renting rooms that don't exist?
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
I think these are spammers because although I have never been to a dating site at all, I still get dozens of this type of thing. Hit the delete button and that will solve the problem, unless you contact the site personally and request information.
• United States
25 Oct 06
There seems to be a number of these scam artists who prey on dating sites. They seem very normal when you first start communicating with them. They say they live in the US then they tell you they have to go overseas for business. Then they start asking you to wire them money for a number of different reasons. I had one tell me that he couldn't get his money orders cashed. I told him to go to the American Embassy and he told me it was run by the locals. He also told me that if I wired him money he would have my name put on the money orders and he would mail them to me. He wasn't too happy when I asked him how he was going to get my name on these money orders if he couldn't find a bank to cash them. I had one who told me he lived in Florida and he would like to come meet me in New England but he had to get a visa first. Unfortunately there are people out there who are so lonely and looking for a relationship that these people find it easy to convince them to send money.
@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
25 Oct 06
I have read about people being conned by someone they met over the internet, dating sites or whatever and feel sad for them that they can 'taken in' by these con artists. I cannot understand how anyone can prey on the lonely who are seeking friendship, love and/or a permanent relationship. Good luck to all those who are seeking someone special. :)
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
25 Oct 06
Although I personally haven't been contacted by a scam artist myself, I have read in the Plenty of Fish dating site forums of many others who have had this problem. That's why if you're on a dating site, or elsewhere, it's important not to give out traceable information that they can scam you with. There's scams everywhere anymore, it's up to us to pay attention and learn how they operate...and then delete them!
• United States
25 Oct 06
I am very careful about who I give my traceable information to anyone. These people have prefected their stories and their approaches to people. They seem to find people who are lonely and want to believe that there is a chance for a lasting relationship. Most of these people come across and very normal people. They find people who are easy prey or are lonely. The best advice to anyone is if they ask for money run the other way.