Without the victim a con-artist is nothing. The scam artist can do NOTHING without the full belief, faith and resources of the victim. The scammer’s source is the victim. If we remove the victim the scammer dies of starvation.
DO NOT BE A VICTIM!
From The Victims Perspective
More important than the loss of money and time, you lost your hope in a dream of being with someone you thought you could finally connect with. For a short time there was no more loneliness. You took a risk with your heart and allowed yourself to believe in love. But you found out your love was for a false profile and a false identity created by a desperate person who is in a third world country on the other side of the world.
Why me? I was only trying to love, but instead I got betrayed by greedy, selfish people that only care for themselves.
Now who can I turn to? Who can I talk to? Anyone tell will just think I am a fool for giving money to a stranger online. No one will understand that.
These are the emotions of a victim of the romance scam.
eHarmony, match.com and other online dating sites claim to be the cause of 1 out of every 5 relationships. I believe it, but what goes unsaid is the larger percentage of scams there are on these sites. Romance scammers are people who get in close to you, get in a relationship with you than start asking for money. The hook is to make you care for them and their life, their situation. Then they take as much as they can from you. Their intention is NOT love, it is your money. So they probably have three or four “relationship” with people just like you. Their favorite is the one that gives the most cash.
Scam Warning Signs
Asks for money to see her on webcam?
Asks for money for education?
Asks for money for food or rent?
Asks for money for plane tickets or visas?
Asks for money for a medical emergency?
Professing love at first sight?
Multiple requests for Money?