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Letters are exchanged between the scammer and victim until the scammer feels they have groomed the victim enough to ask for money.This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.Most Dating sites operate strict controls in an attempt to ‘vet’ their members but as they increasingly get more ‘savvy’ these experienced thieves regularly pass the vetting procedures and begin to trawl the site in search of the unwary.
This is the one scam you are almost certain to come across if you do online dating for any length of time, sorry to say.
“Scammers will quickly interact with you, often showing you glamorous photos of themselves and gaining your trust.
“But how do you know it is actually the person you are communication online with?
The scammer will traditionally try and focus the conversation on you, thereby revealing little details about themselves while appearing interested.
The Met said: “Scammers will normally try and steer you away from communicating on a legitimate dating website that could be monitored by staff.