Is Your Online Suitor Using You?
There have been many cases which involve a seemingly innocuous beginning to a relationship online, only to end with one partner using the other for money, sex, and presents without even meeting each other. What's truly terrifying about online dating is that you may never actually know anything about the person who you are sending your information to. Believe it or not, each tale is different, and it can be easy to fall for it if you aren't careful of some of the most common signs of this sociopathic behaviour.
· Many of the criminal charges that are involved with online dating originate through scammers who begin emotional relationships with men and women, and then ask for money. Normally, they claim to be from another country, and need the airfare in order to visit. Key clues to this scam include broken English, the outright refusal to chat on video, and also the near-immediate asking for money.
· Women often realize, much to their horror, that their online suitors are using them for cybersex, or even as a way to distribute porn on the internet. This often starts with flirtatious messages, hot and heavy banter, and then a quick bout of cybersex on the net. Some women find out the hard way that these monsters have posted their photographs on the net for pay. In one case, a woman even lost her job due to one of these attackers. There are several key signs that should tip you off. The most obvious is the refusal to meet, give personal information, or show their faces on video. The second is the quick manner in which conversation turns to sex. Lastly, if something just seems wrong in the pit of your stomach, it's best to leave the conversation and block his screen name.
· Another version of a money scam is done when women or men will begin an emotional relationship online, never meet up, and then begin asking for presents. The story may be different, and the objects that they ask for might be different, but each of these folks also have certain clues that cause them to be dead giveaways. The most obvious one is that they seemingly have no intention of meeting you in person. They will probably not want to have cybersex, nor will they want to talk to you on the phone. If you refuse to give them presents, they will soon lose interest in you.
· A more common way that online suitors use possible dates is actually done by a robot. Fake profiles on ill-reputed sites often will pop up and ask for your email or phone number. The people behind the profiles harvest your information, and then sell it to spammers for a profit. 9 times out of 10, it's done by a form letter, and sounds strangely forced.