Be skeptical of claims such as “an exclusive network of people,” “for sincere daters only” or “beautiful singles just like you.” • Don’t give in to high-pressure sales tactics.
Sales associates may tell you that a low price is only good for that day and ask you to sign a contract immediately. Consumers should not assume that they will stop being billed once the contract runs out.
These sites are most common with scams that require a level of trust between the victim and the fraudster.
A recent story showed how a Nanaimo, BC senior lost over 100 thousand dollars to someone she thought was coming to Canada to marry her.
“Seniors can be very susceptible to this scam as they may be lonely and less familiar with these new online dating platforms and related scams,” adds Kelly.
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“Many people won’t report the loss because they feel ashamed.” BBB offers these tips for spotting a catphisher: • The scammer is quick to request email and or phone number, or offer theirs in order to get the victim out of the dating site.• They claim to be using a relative’s account so they can’t access it and need to use regular email.• The ‘relationship’ moves fast; the scammer wants to earn your trust quickly.• Look for poor grammar and odd responses.• Look for very generic interests on the scammer’s profile with nothing specific cited, or very little information given.• There is always a reason you cannot meet in person; usually, they are out of the country.• Often they claim to be involved in a sudden ‘accident’ and need financial help.• If they ask for money you should walk away.• Don’t put too much personal information on your profile.• Do a Google search on a potential mate; do a reverse image search to see if their profile picture shows up anywhere else online.