"They're running the same scam with 1,000 people at the same time."If you don't pony up the cash, the con artist could use your racy photos or adult-themed conversations to extort the money from you."You should be sharing only information you'd be happy to share on a 35-foot billboard above your home," Williams said.
The scams are easy enough to dodge — all it takes is 15 minutes.
The scammers are nasty, heartless, ruthless people. They run into problems — maybe an incident on the job site, or an accident involving a teenage son.
But they're good at what they do."And the stories are all too often the same. And they need your money."The scammers are so experienced in what they do, because they do what they do on such a massive scale," Williams said.
Take the 2012 article Online Dating: A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science.it's a type where people feel devastated for years afterwards," Williams said."It really can be heartbreaking."Williams urges victims to file a report with their local police department and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.So Google everything."There's no way you can verify what's on the other end of a keyboard," Williams said."If you're at the point where you think, ' I want to share my innermost secrets with this person,' you should meet the person within three days.And if not, head for the hills."Scams often go unreported because victims are too embarrassed to come forward."People don't want to admit that they've been had, and the emotional damage in a romance scam ...