The reasons for needing the money will sound plausible and reasonable. Do not be separated from your money - you'll never see it again, and you'll never see the person you sent it to.
Here are some tell-tale signs that you've been approached by a scammer: Bear in mind that any of these characteristics can apply to genuine online dating site members as well, so just because one or two of these tell-tale signs is present doesn't necessarily mean you're being scammed - but be on your guard.
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.
There are a great many quite legitimate dating service websites that allow members to establish online relationships.
Often, these online friendships blossom into genuine long-term relationships.
A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.
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.
Money that was over-invoiced, or left in a will unclaimed.
The online dating 419 scam works in a similar way, though it's usually adapted to maximise the opportunity online dating provides, in these ways: We have found that the online dating version of the 419 scam tends to involve smaller amounts of money than the classic 419 scams, which usually involve millions of dollars. Here are some common examples: Or any variation on the above.
Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.