Dating and romance scammers will try to keep you on the website wasting time and money.They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas.
Once they have gained your trust and your defenses are down, they will ask you (either subtly or directly) for money, gifts or your banking/credit card details. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, with identy fraud they may ask you to send an ID or passport.
very likely to be forms of money laundering or just a scam which is a criminal offence. The researcher identified the behavior as organized stalking and described it as "emotional harassment" involving "hostile and unethical communication directed in a systematic way by one or a few individuals mainly towards one individual."
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact. They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. These scams are also known as ‘catfishing’.
Clues of fake profiles pictures
Clues of fake profiles
Clues of fake conversations
For example to chat privately leads to nothing at all
Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad.
Scammers will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust, such as showering you with loving words, sharing ‘personal information’. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come.