Choose a friend or someone from your church or community who is less emotionally invested than you are. And remember: If the request for funds is indeed a scam, it may be difficult if not impossible to ever recover the money.
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Interrogate the backstory: A little online stalking can go a long way.
Type the name of the person you met online into Google or Bing and see what comes up.
“That big investment gives victims a false sense that the relationship must be real.” Eventually a pitch for money comes.
Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.
While the case was remarkable for its magnitude, when it comes to so-called “romance scams,” it still represents just the tip of the iceberg.
“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” says Farquhar.
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.
It may give you a good glimpse at who he is and his outlook on life.
Does he even have a vision and plan for his future?