Match.com Do the hustle? Beware Romance scams!
There are a million stories in the Dating City.
Some are all lightness and air and others are like the Clint Eastwood movie: The Good the Bad and the Ugly. The ugly: the romance scams which are rampant at on line dating sites. Dubbed ‘the Nigerian hustle’, these scams have been the subject of a fascinating MSNBC special, and the subject of a recent Dr. Phil show. A quick search on line indicates that a huge number of Dating Alert Websites have cropped up to warn and alert on line daters of the hustles and scams that are so prevalent.
Both Merry in Reno and Diane in Covina wrote similar Match.com stories to say, “It all started with a wink.”
A Classic Example of a Online Dating Scam
Without much thought they both returned ‘the wink’ and within hours received a response from ‘Cheney’ Both women said the first clue something was amiss was the salutation, “Hello, Dearie.”Merry said she had never met a man who called anyone ‘Dearie,’ and the letter instantly fell apart: a train wreck of broken English and a request to contact him via a Yahoo.com address. Fortunately, both women were smart and knew immediately it was a scam. They had almost walked into an infamous Nigerian scam.
Best advice: be careful, be aware and remember: Google the guy or gal. Anytime, anyone-anywhere suggests skipping the online dating connection and connecting via a Yahoo.com account…Run!
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Tell me: Have you met a cad or a scammer?
“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness”.