Dating website photo scam

25 May

While online dating sites work hard to eliminate scammers from their sites, unfortunately some continue to be very deceptive and get past the fraud checks so it is important to be aware of what a potential scammer might attempt to do.

Nobody wants to be scammed yet most people are not quite sure what to look out for.

When the bill arrives, the host leaves and the establishment sends very large men to force the visitor to pay an exorbitant bill before leaving the premises or face assault.

Arthouse/Rug Sale Scam: A young “art student" will approach a visitor (often at large tourist sites) and ask if s/he likes artwork created by local students.

Turkey Drop (Wallet/Money Drop) Scam: An unsuspecting tourist spots a wallet or packet of cash on the ground.

The scammer picks it up and asks if it belongs to the tourist, showing a wad of currency, and tries to get the tourist to touch it.

When the tourist takes out his money, they grab it and flee.

Teahouse/Restaurant/Bar Scam: A young "English student" or attractive female offers to show a tourist around town and then invites him/her to enjoy food or drink at a nearby establishment.

He's hunting through chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites searching for victims, looking to cash in on romance.Nigeria and Ghana are notorious for their scammers and hence most people probably wouldn’t pursue a relationship with someone from one of these countries.These scammers are well aware of this and therefore often pretend to be from the USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.Another person approaches and claims the wallet belongs to him, then accuses the tourist of trying to steal it.The two scammers then either threaten to call the police unless the tourist pays them not to get the police involved, or they ask to see the visitor’s money to prove s/he didn’t steal theirs.