Here are some things to watch for: Men targeting women: It's not unusual for these men to claim to be widowed, and frequently they will claim to have one young child (a son about eight years old seems to be common, for some reason, but it can be any age).They can also claim they're caring for an elderly parent.Here are some common tricks used by professional scammers, and ways to avoid getting into their traps.The written profiles of online scam artists on dating sites have gotten much trickier to spot in the past several years.
Be advised, the 'son' or elderly parent doesn't exist, and neither does Mr. The con artist mentions the fake son or other relative to lay the groundwork for conning you out of money. The rest of the profile can be written quite excellently - the reason is, they have cut and pasted paragraphs from real profiles and these are used to build the 'fake' profiles.The poor writing and bad spelling so common a few years ago is less often as evident; profiles can be expertly written these days.The best way to spot con artists through their profiles is to scrutinize the content.The digital version of the romance con is now sufficiently widespread that AARP's Fraud Watch Network has urged online dating sites to institute more safeguards to protect against such fraud.
The AARP network recommends that dating site members use Google's "search by image" to see if the suitor's picture appears on other sites with different names.In recent years, the con artists have figured out this can tip people off, so it happens less often now.