Victim advocates say the true cost of romance scams is probably much higher than official estimates because victims, men in particular, often stay silent out of shame.
Although older adults are often targeted — more than three-quarters of complaints to federal agencies came from people 40 and older — fraud experts say people of all ages and backgrounds can fall prey to romance scams.
In an earlier post, I discussed how people involved in online relationships can develop intense bonds due to the unique ability for the anonymity and control provided by online interactions to enable expression of the “true self”: traits that a person possesses, but does not normally feel comfortable expressing to others.
Research has shown that when we chat online, even briefly, these normally hidden traits become more cognitively accessible to us and we actually do succeed in expressing them to others (Bargh et al., 2002).
Online communication has become an integral part of most of our lives, and yet many people continue to view those they meet on the Internet with suspicion.
If you see a profile that catches your eye, hit that “E” and see if it’s a match! Don’t worry gents; if it goes well you can have the second choice (if she so desires).
For thousands of people each year, the search for love online ends not just with a broken heart, but an empty bank account.
So-called romance scams — in which fraudsters smother victims with professions of love then plead for large “loans” to cover invented emergencies — appear to be on the rise, according to federal law enforcement and fraud experts.
Then, looking to connect with new people, do you receive never ending unwanted messages from previous bad dates, strangers and spammers?
Whether you’re using a social, dating, or lifestyle app, you’ll run into these common problems.