“Doing the Google search for the scammer lets you know if the photo actually originated from one of these sites, and isn’t the actual photo of the suitor,” Nofziger says.
They work in teams, so during the day his name might be ‘Steven,’ and when the other guy comes on duty, it changes to ‘Stephen.'” Reputable dating sites have an internal operation tasked with weeding out these fraudsters, says Mark Huffman, a reporter for Consumer Affairs, a news and advocacy organization based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
But, it’s not as effective as everyone would like it to be.
They are hard to identify until the relationship has gone on for a period of time, he says.
Nofziger says if you spot any of these warning signals, cease the interaction immediately and report what happened to the dating site.
These scammers know how to say the right thing at the right time, and we fall for it.” According the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, romance scams reported in 2014 totaled more than $86 million, but Nofziger says this type of financial fraud is underreported.