Online dating scam warning signs

"It doesn't matter how old you are, it doesn't matter what your sexual orientation or gender is — everybody is a susceptible target when it comes to romance scams," he said.Scammers typically come across as extremely eager in the beginning, raining down compliments and asking to meet, Kelly said.International investigators caution many scammers in the Philippines claim to be having a rough time finding a job and paying bills.Others claim to have a missing child or a hospitalized mother due to the disaster, and they need money to locate them or solve their health situation.As romance scams continue to rake in cash from trusting British Columbians looking for love, a consumer advocate is offering advice on how to protect yourself on dating websites."This is obviously a huge problem," said Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for the Better Business Bureau for Mainland B. "We've had many cases here in British Columbia alone where we're heard of women in particular ...

The scammers may start by asking for small amounts of money, but it can quickly add up, he told Stephen Quinn, host of CBC's The Early Edition.

However, unsolicited contacts are often fraud or phishing attempts. In the Philippines many of the girls are legitimate and honest, but avoiding the fraud is no easy task.

Recently, Facebook´s dating app “Are You Interested” revealed that most men from around the world prefer Asian women. Background checks are always the recommended first step to avoid being a victim.

Never send money via Western Union to anyone you’ve never met or had verified by a professional.

Remember the golden rule - NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU MEET ONLINE.

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