Dating 101: How to avoid online dating scams
“Do the Hustle.”
Are you Looking for Love in all the wrong places? There are a million stories in the dated city. Some are all lightness and air and others are like the Clint Eastwood movie: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Beware of The Ugly – There are ‘romance scams’ that are rampant at online dating sites. Dubbed “the Nigerian Hustle,” these scams have been the subject of many shows including an MSNBC special; they’ve been talked about numerous times on Oprah and Dr. Phil. A quick look online – and see the huge number of Dating Alert Websites that have cropped up to warn and alert on line daters of the hustles and scams.
Both Kiki in San Francisco and Betty in Hollywood wrote similar Match.com stories to say, “It all started with a wink.”
Both women were flattered by ‘a wink’ from a great looking guy in San Francisco. His profile picture resembled Burt Lancaster, on the beach in the movie, From Here to Eternity. Without much thought they both returned ‘the wink’ and within hours received a response from “Jonnie.” Both women said the first clue something was amiss was the salutation, “Hello, Dearie.” Kiki said she had never met a man who called anyone ‘Dearie.’
The letter instantly fell apart: it was a train wreck of broken English and a request to contact him at a Yahoo.com address. Fortunately, both women knew almost immediately it was a scam. They had almost walked into an infamous Nigerian scam. It starts with a wink – and goes to a “Contact me at another site” and, “By the way, could you send me a few thousand dollars, dearie?”
Run, run, as fast as you can – get away from the Nigerian Scam Man.