These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. Their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.So after waiting a couple of days I started getting messages, many messages. Well, here are the men I interacted with and even met. I did meet one nice guy but we didn’t click, he was a little too granola for me, one nice guy. Some who had bad hygiene but drove very expensive cars … What I did notice that was a common denominator in ALL of them.There were, however, countless dirty old men propositioning me. Many who were extremely cheap (Tim Horton’s on the first date? They acted like they were privileged and deserved the best and that came to women too. Because they had money they didn’t need to settle for a normal girl, they deserved arm candy, they deserved someone they could show off, particularly because most of them were nothing special to look at.You swipe/click/poke/prod – they reciprocate, and then when it comes time to meet up, (s)he drops the bomb that they had no intention of actually meeting up – that “online dating is for losers and my BFF [presumably Jill] made me this profile for me as a joke.” Ways to avoid: Look out for too-much focus on “online” – if they keep harping on it, then it’s likely they have some self-security issues.The irony of this type of flake is that they often claim that online dating is only for losers/weirdos – but then what does that make them – who claim to not be looking for something, but instead troll online dating sites for someone to talk to.There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.
I’m just Naive (and a scrawny white boy) Back before CMB, Tinder, Insert-Techy-Name-Here — online dating wasn’t mainstream.They were quite shallow and materialistic, always talking about their cars and houses and trips and acquisitions. These days I stick to meeting men the old fashioned way and date normal guys that I can be myself around. What I saw on there was what is best described as “a bunch of squirrels trying to get a nut”. That’s what all those people on the site are doing.It reminded me of that squirrel Scrat in that movie … The girls especially who will do and say anything to get that designer handbag or that nice bottle of champagne.Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.