How to avoid online dating scams

By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer.

"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.

Dating industry consultant Mark Brooks, founder of Online Personals Watch, estimates that only perhaps 1 percent of members on well-established paid online dating sites are scammers.

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"He said he was going to pay me back double," she laughs.

Though the amounts and details of the scam vary from victim to victim, when it comes to romance scams, the con is almost always the same: The crook wants to get a besotted victim to wire money or provide access to a credit card.

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.

Here are six things to keep in mind to help you spot and avoid scammers on online dating sites.

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.

"But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.

Morrison's erstwhile Romeo claimed he needed her to "lend" him ,000 to deal with one of the many crises he had fabricated.

See also: Online dating scams target hearts, bank accounts AARP's Fraud Watch Network is encouraging online dating services to take steps to better keep their customers safe.

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