Avoiding online Asian dating scams

Online Asian dating can be a truly rewarding experience as it opens up a whole new realm of romantic possibilities.  However, there is also the potential of being scammed through an online dating site.

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Although most of us think that the stories we see on the news about an online dating scam could never happen to us, the truth of the matter is this:  some Asian dating scams have become so sophisticated that even the most technically savvy or street smart individual can be duped!

Fortunately, there are ways you can protect yourself.  Here’s how:

  • Never send money to anyone online.  If an online love interest begins asking you for money, chances are it is a scam.  The basic idea is that these individuals will start by professing their love for you as they gain your interest and trust.  Once they have that, they will ask you for money.  Sure, you can send gifts if you want, but if someone flat out asks you for cash, be wary.
  • Stick to the online dating site.  In the beginning, it is a good idea to stick to interactions through the online dating site rather than personal accounts.  Eventually, if you want to move away from the dating site, you can, but keep this in mind for those early interactions.
  • Watch out for tall tales.  Everyone has a story, but scammers are particularly good at spinning tall tales.  Watch out for anyone who says they have had a traumatic incident and need some cash just to get home.  These folks usually tell you they are traveling abroad.  Remember: if something seems too good to be true, it often is.
  • Steer away from intimate conversations early on.  A popular online dating scam involves intimate conversations and the threat to post them publicly if you do not send money.  This is extortion and is illegal. 

Chances are your online love is the real deal, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared when it comes to dating online.

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