Con men have targeted her with a number of creative stories, ranging from their children needing immediate medical treatment, to suggestions that she share the cost of the man's travel expenses to fly to the UK for a date.But it isn't just that she has been lied to, one of the most disheartening aspects is that these ruses often come after Ann has wasted at least eight weeks and a degree of hope on conversations with the man in question.Early on in a courting relationship, you’ll probably ask a lot of questions, even basic ones like “how tall are you? ” If the person you’re talking to is avoiding these basic questions, that should be a big red flag.Many scammers will be prepared to answer these and even more complicated questions, but if you can’t get answers from a suitor, you should be suspicious.They have a lot of victims to get through, so they’re going to try to move things along as quickly as possible.
If someone was expressing over-the-top love and passion within a couple weeks, you’d be worried.
For example, scammers will often ask you to communicate with them outside of the dating site—via email, through Facebook, or even on Skype.
These methods give them better access to you and can help them gather additional information that they can use to con you.
Most scammers choose victims that are older than they are, for example, so if someone who is significantly younger than you says that they’re interested, it could be cause for concern.
Of course, just because someone is younger doesn’t mean that they’re a scammer; it’s just something to keep in mind.