Every dating site user has most certainly heard about romance scammers. This is hardly unexpected, given that dating site users in the United States alone lost $547 million to romance fraudsters in 2021, according to official statistics.
CuteOnly goes to considerable measures to ensure that its members do not end up with a broken heart and an empty wallet as a result of dating a fraudulent lady. However, no matter how sophisticated the algorithms used to identify fraudsters are, not every scammer has a criminal background to which we may refer. That’s why, when meeting women online, it’s critical to have a “trust but verify” attitude.
How can you tell if a female you met on a dating site is more interested in your money than in a love connection with you? We have created a list of red flags for you to look for, and if you see any of them, you should immediately cease communicating with the girl and contact CuteOnly customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. A lady insists on you joining a third-party resource or a dating site.
It’s important to remember that you’ve already paid for your dating site membership in order to meet these attractive females. Why do you need to join up for another service just to talk to your new friend? Any recommendation to move the communication process to another dating site or to build a new profile on any other translation/travel/language study website should be treated as a red flag.
2. A lady claims she needs money for an emergency, medical bills, or travel.
Any woman who asks you for money, no matter how desperate her situation appears to be, should be treated with suspicion. If you come across one of these stories while online speaking with a new love interest, she’s most likely a con artist:
“I need money to pay for English classes.”
“I need money to help a sick relative.”
“I need money to get a new phone/tablet/laptop since the one I’m currently using belongs to a friend.”
“I require funds to pay for a translation service so that I may continue speaking with you.”
“I need money to get a passport/visa/tickets/hotel reservation for a trip.”
3. A lady prefers to contact you solely through e-mail, ignoring all other modes of communication.
Online dating is not what it used to be 5 years ago. Almost all potential partners nowadays are eager to get to know one other better through phone or video chats. This not only saves time because one minute of video conversation replaces a thousand letters, but it also helps to ensure that the female on the other end of the wire is who she claims to be.
As a result, explanations like “my phone’s camera isn’t working” or “I’m embarrassed to communicate with guys via video communication” might be direct proof that the person you’re communicating with is impersonating someone else.
4. A lady begins talking about love far too soon.
Real women will be delighted to tell you about their families, interests, friends, favorite trip destinations, and so on.
Scammers, in contrast, generally say nothing personal about themselves other than how much they love and miss you. Treat it as a red flag if she says she misses you in her second or third letter. She’ll start talking about your first meeting in the fourth letter, and so on.
5. A lady makes plans to visit, but she needs to cancel every time due to an “emergency.”
If a woman you met on a dating site makes arrangements to visit but then cancels at the last minute due to a bad tragedy, family worries, or professional obstacles, you should be extremely suspicious. Keep an eye out for anybody who says, “I’d love to see you, but I can’t afford a plane ticket right now.” Please provide me with the money I need to purchase a ticket. Right now, all I want to do is be with you.”
6. A lady claims to be going through a difficult time.
It may sound cynical, but scammers frequently claim to have recently lost a loved one or that they or someone close to them is critically ill in order to make you feel sorry for them. It’s a red flag that scam victims frequently mention in their stories.
7. A lady can’t keep her story straight.
It’s a bad sign if a woman can’t keep her story straight or doesn’t understand what you’re talking about when you bring up something you’ve told her or she’s told you. Scammers don’t usually operate alone, and it’s possible that if they’ve forgotten previous discussions, it was a team effort.
8. A lady never sends you personalized messages or responses to your questions.
Scammers often do not want to waste time by confining themselves to only a few potential victims. Typically, such females strive to meet a large number of men right away. Scammer girls’ letters contain no indication that she has read your profile. All of the information in her message will of a general nature. Receiving a slew of un-personalized texts from one of the ladies should raise a red flag.
What should you do if you suspect a scammer has contacted you?
Don’t send her money under any circumstances.
You should never send money to someone you’ve never met in person. Scammers are known to hire actors to meet you, so even if you’ve met once or twice, you might be fooled.
Request assistance from a dating site’s administrator.
If you’ve been communicating with a female on a dating site for a while and suddenly started to doubt that she’s real, contact the dating site’s administrator right away. Most dating services use modern algorithms to screen members before they post on the site. A second, more thorough examination can help you figure out whether you have reason to doubt your new acquaintance’s honesty.
Do some investigation.
- Perform a reverse image search on her profile photo using the Google Image search tool.
- Look for her social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, etc.). If you’re lucky, you’ll gain access to her photos, list of friends, locations she’s been, and other information. Keep in mind that not having any social media profiles is not an indicator of fraud. You should be concerned only if you see significant disparities between her CuteOnly and social network pages (different names, for example).
- If she has already given you her e-mail or phone number, don’t be afraid to look it up. E-mail addresses that have been blacklisted are publicly visible.
Feel free to discontinue contact with women who, for whatever reason, appear suspect to you; even if you lack concrete evidence, this is not a cause to prolong your conversation.