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Romance Scams—What you need to know!

Romance scam is a fraud that is making rounds on the net. Just when we think, we have met that perfect someone online, we realize they are not who they say they are…

Romance or dating scams is one of the worst kinds of online scams out there. It breaks your trust, gets access to your money and break you emotionally. Romance scam starts when one registers with an internet based dating agency or join an online banking chat room. You are contacted by someone who shows an interest in you. This person may be from overseas or even from the same country. Over a period of time, you build a long distance relationship, where your conversations get more and more intimate.

You will also receive photographs of this person. Slowly, this person will ask for private information from you. This is where you should really get alert. You have probably been in contact with several members of a criminal gang. The fraudster will gain your trust completely and when they are confident that they have your sympathy, they will tell you about a particular problem they are facing and ask you to send them money.

Once you give them money, these online romance scammers will keep coming back with more reasons to extract more cash out of you. If they have got any pictures of you in compromising positions, they will go ahead and even blackmail you.

Are you a victim of romance scam?

If you feel you are going through something similar, then maybe you are a victim of a romance scam. Here are some signs that should make you alert.

  • Your online partner looks like a supermodel in the pics he has sent across.
  • They have many questions about you, but are hesitant in giving any information about themselves.
  • They are very quick to give you a pet name and even address you with terms like ‘sweetheart’, ‘darling’ etc.
  • They want to communicate further with you via instant messaging and texts rather than the dating site or chat room where you guys met.
  • You never seem to get an answer to questions like where they live, where they work, company name etc.
  • They ask you to start sending them money.

What to do if you are victim to romance scams

Ok, you have fallen victim to an online romance scam. That is not the end of the world. Here are some of the things that you should immediately do, if you have become a victim.

  • Report the fraud to a scam and fraud agency.
  • Break all contact with this person, immediately.
  • Report the fraudster to the website or chat room operator.
  • Do not send any money, no matter how desperate they sound.

How to protect oneself against romance scams

  • One of the most important things to do is trust your instincts. If you feel something is not right, then it is best to stop and check, rather than ignoring that hunch.
  • Always and always guard your privacy. Internet is not the place to share your private information, no matter who is on the other side.
  • Never ever send money or give credit card information or online account details to anyone whom you don’t know in person.
  • Never reply to communications from someone whom you met on a chat room or dating site and now wants to continue via email, communicator or sms.

Relationships are important part of our lives and it is extremely important that our emotions don’t make us vulnerable.

Exclusive Interview with Julia Robson—Creator of Romance Scam Check app

iYogi got an exclusive interview with Julia Robson, who works as an online investigator. She has created a Romance Scam Check app that can detect and tell the person behind the profile is a fraudster or a genuine person.

Click to read the complete interview and review of the Romance Scam Check app.

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