They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.
Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.
A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.
After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.What they find is a plethora of online dating sites that promise romance, true love and fun. It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.Viruses & Spyware A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.email Scams Scams are generally delivered in the form of a spam email (but remember, not all spam emails contain scams).These emails pretend to come from banks, credit card companies, online shops and auction sites as well as other trusted organisations.