If the images come up associated with a person who has another name or lives in a different city, you have good reason to suspect they were stolen from someone else’s profile.
And if you’ve been communicating with someone by email, check their address at a site such as Romance Scams, which compiles lists of email addresses belonging to known scammers. Type the name of the person you met online into Google or Bing and see what comes up. If you are asked to send money and feel so inclined, run the whole scenario by someone you trust.
“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” Farquhar says.
The CR survey found that 35 percent of respondents who’ve tried online dating felt they had been grossly misled by someone’s online profile, and 12 percent said they’d been scammed.
These days, somewhere in the region of 50 million people have tried online dating, using one of the 7,500 or so sites that exist around the world.
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There used to be a bit of a stigma surrounding online dating but much of that has fallen by the wayside.