Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.The most common fake male profile, meanwhile, has light brown hair and is in his forties.Forty-eight was the most common age found across the profiles.This thread has been created to highlight and explain some of those characteristics.Note that this thread contains a more "in-depth" look at scammers.For a shorter, general overview, see An introduction to love or dating scams If you have started communicating with someone online, and he or she matches many of the characteristics described in this thread, you are most likely dealing with a scammer.Please be aware that not all scammers are alike--if you are in an online relationship with someone who doesn't have many of these characteristics, it is still important to use caution, and be alert for signs that something "isn't right."Remember: What other things should you look out for?
Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.
Once they’ve worked to gain the trust of the person they’ve targeted, they will use various stories to get money or details from that person.
They may start by requesting small sums of money to test the waters, and then build up to requesting larger amounts.
If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.