Dangers online dating romance
But there are certain classic signs which can indicate that you are dealing with a scammer and below are a few of them: The scammer shows pictures of himself/herself within hours or days of the chat.Most of the pictures they sent are most likely photos of models or friends. living/traveling in Africa or Russia for a particular job or reason.Picture the scene – passengers disembark from an aircraft, many hotfooting it into the open arms of loved ones at the airport.But after the last travellers filter through, two strangers are left waiting, each holding a bunch of red roses and both slowly coming to an awful realisation.The two men strike up a conversation and soon realise they are waiting for the same woman. When looking for love online, evidence suggests that even canny individuals may put their better judgement on hold.Registrations on Australia's most popular Internet dating site, RSVP, show almost 50% of its members are white collar or professionals and they are city slickers – 75% live in metropolitan areas.They want to nurture kindness and openness and they have great hope that there is a relationship, and love, out there for them. It can happen to anyone because we all have a hope of finding love."Reputable dating sites acknowledge the problem of romance fraud and are moving to counteract it.
It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").
But Peter Fox, a Canberra-based clinical psychologist who specialises in couples therapy, says otherwise intelligent people are capable of falling prey to an online dating scam. "Typically the victims put a lot of effort into the process of getting to know someone online," Fox says.
"They actually know that falling for somebody so quickly, or trusting somebody they have never met, is against their better judgement.
Even if you've never spent time on a dating website, the odds are good that some of your friends have.
Roughly 42% of Americans know someone who dates online and more and more couples’ love stories start from the click of a mouse.The convenience of online dating has exploded its popularity in recent years.