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For example, scammers will often ask you to communicate with them outside of the dating site—via email, through Facebook, or even on Skype.These methods give them better access to you and can help them gather additional information that they can use to con you.

If that image shows up on other profiles with different names, you should be suspicious. If you receive other photos, and anything seems off, be wary.

It’s possible that it’s someone looking for an affair on a dating site The Internet seems ecstatic about the Ashley Madison hack, with millions of adulterers' and potential adulterers' details hacked and released online, with articles outing individuals found in the data dump. Even if someone’s profile looks legit, there are other signs to keep an eye out for, especially during the beginning of your communication.

He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.

People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.

Don’t fall for it: there’s nothing wrong with staying in touch via the dating site.

Scammers are good at being charming and saying all the right things—and they start it fast.Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.Of course, some people are just shy or are nervous about meeting people that they’ve met online—this isn’t anything out of the ordinary (it’s also possible that they’re trying to avoid getting caught by a spouse The Ashley Madison dating site was recently hacked by hackers who threatened to leak the entire database unless the site closed. Asking for any other financial information—where you bank, anything about your credit cards, how much you have in savings—should be a big warning sign.Online dating websites aren’t the most secure Discreet online dating site Ashley Madison (targeted primarily at cheating spouses) has been hacked.Think about if you would find it strange for someone to be acting like this if you just met in real life.