Here at Luv Traffic, we love it when you guys talk to each other. Speak with the people that you like and see if they like you back–who knows where it could lead? But the problem with being the hottest online dating website that anyone is able to join, including those online dating scammers who try to spoil it for the rest of us. Read on for our advice taken from other Luv Traffic members on how to spot and avoid the online dating scammer……
Our administrative staff do their level best to get rid of any phoney profiles that they find, but unfortunately some still slip through the cracks. Just the other day, I received an email from a scammer that I thought I would share with you now. Hopefully, it will help to make you aware of what to look out for if you suspect you’re being targeted.
Please note that I have changed the personal details to avoid spreading the scammer’s information any further.From: Miss Swindler
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa.
RE: APPEAL FOR URGENT & CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE!
Dear How are you doing today?
hello dearest one i am Miss Swindler i am seeking for your assistance to help me transfer the sum ($7,500, 000.00USD) to your bank account for my investment purpose please and also help me to come over there in your country to achieve my education career as i am not save here because of my step mother and my uncle who want to have them have access to my inheritance.
i can willing offer you 20% of the total fund as a mode of compensation after the transfer for your time and effort.
please i will like you to write me your reply at my private e-mail,firstname.lastname@example.org so that i can send you my details. I can send you all the documents as evidence if you can send me your e-mail so i can write to your e-mail direct ok
ii hope to hear from you as soon as you read this mail.
Thanks Yours sincerely.
Asking for Money or Bank Details
If I cooperate with the on line scammer – Miss Swindler, I apparently stand to make quite a bit of cash, and all I have to do is give her all my personal bank details; details which a stranger can easily use to steal my identity, or the funds straight from my bank account. It is imperative that you never give out sensitive information such as this.
A scammer may also ask you for money directly. This is a slightly longer play; they will start chatting to you in the normal way, not mentioning money to start with. Then, as they win your trust, they will begin to talk about a tragedy or hardship, such as a relative being in hospital or their need to leave the country. After this idea is firmly implanted, they will eventually request money for a related emergency. However unlikely it seems, millions of people have handed over cash to scammers using this method. Never underestimate a person’s ability to charm you into getting their way; take a step back from the situation and consider whether what they’re asking is reasonable.
Asking for Communication via Personal Email
A lot of scammers will send short messages simply asking to speak via a different means. This is better for the scammer as using a personal email means there are no restrictions, or risk of being banned from Luv Traffic and therefore ending the scam before they have gained anything. Any requests to communicate outside the site should be regarded with suspicion; why would they want to use another service when you can privately and securely communicate on Luv Traffic already?
Poor Spelling and Grammar
A lot of scammers’ spelling and grammar is quite poor, normally due to English not being their first language. Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, but a lot of the phrasing used in scam emails will look particularly strange, such as “i am seeking for your assistance” or “I can send all the documents as evidence if you can send me your e-mail so i can write to your e-mail direct ok”. These are telltale signs of a rushed message or a non-native English speaker.
Impersonal Messages or Stories Not Adding Up
Believe it or not, taking advantage of people online is a full-time job for some. Con artists send out thousands of messages to unsuspecting online daters in the hopes they will get a reply. With so many messages going out, they don’t have time to personalise every single one, so the first message will rarely contain details such as your name or anything about you as they will just copy and paste the same wording over and over.
In the unlikely event that someone does reply, the messages may get slightly friendlier, but never to any great extent. What’s more, they may be talking to many different people so will find it difficult to keep track of the particular story they’re telling you. If their stories start to make no sense or they remain constantly vague, they may not be genuine.
A Nonexistent or Fake Profile Picture
The number one rule with online dating is to upload at least one photo, as most people are hesitant to start chatting with someone they can’t see. However, the common scammer may not have time to upload a picture for every fake profile they make, opting to keep the default image as this requires no effort on their part. This trend will continue to their ‘About Me’ section, which will be filled out with only the minimum required information.
However, this does not mean everyone with a profile photo is trustworthy. Those scammers who are willing to put a bit more time in will upload of a fake image, usually of an attractive female, although the rest of the profile information will still be sparse. If in doubt, you can right click the picture to Google image search it; if you can find other examples of it online, that’s normally a bad sign.
If you suspect that anyone on Luv Traffic is a scammer, please let us know. Enter their username into the ‘Report Spam Users’ text box on the bottom right of their profile page and our team will launch an investigation.
Thanks to all our members who have alerted us to potential scammers using our contact form, all your efforts are very much appreciated.