A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
The scam typically works like this: A con artist, usually based in an Internet cafe overseas, will lift a photo from Facebook or another social networking site.
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In many cases, scammers will choose to use pictures of military personnel. Grisham set up a personal blog for soldiers to report their photo being used on online dating sites.
After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.