Online Dating Scams
Before the pandemic and even more after it started, people were relying upon online
life. Online dating apps such as Tinder, Hinge, and more give us endless options of
finding our soulmates online. Besides, you can simply befriend someone on Facebook or
Instagram and start chatting. Yet, you should be aware of a couple of things.
First of all, no matter how friendly this person sounds, you don’t know them. Often you will see a picture of a good-looking man/woman, and they will come to you with a story of a complicated past. In time, you will start trusting them, and they will start asking you for money. Not once did it happen that after you sent the money, you never heard from this person again.
What we found out is that these profiles could be used for promoting online trading companies as well. Your alleged soulmate may tell you they are living their best life, making money from online trading. After you see a couple of pictures, you might believe it. Afterwards, they will ask you to send them some money so that they can trade for you as well. Since you already saw their luxury life, you might accept it. Bear in mind that nobody is that gentle to share their money secrets online.
Sending funds could be via credit card, wire transfer, PayPal, crypto wallet, or similar. The outcome is always the same. You lost the funds, and your feelings are hurt. If something similar happens, you should report it and look for assistance to get your money back. Your feelings won’t hurt less, but at least you won’t be another victim of scammers.