Beth Kipps, who has experimented with several dating sites, says the men who have attempted to con her almost always have a reason why they shouldn't continue to communicate via or e Harmony.
Most commonly, the excuse is "My membership on this site is almost up.
She said many times being single can be an opening for a conversation with someone online or meeting.
"The holidays are a great way to break through the ice by asking real substantive questions, getting to know people on a deeper level and then say 'how was it being single for you during the holidays? For singles trying to make those connections, Match says p.m. 7 is the best time to sign up for online dating, when Match plans to see a 42% spike in new singles looking for love.
And when those messages start flowing into your inbox, House notes that singles should be strategic about their first meeting.
"Go on a traditional first date, so getting drinks, dinner, and not coffee," she said.
Of course, real people sometimes have nice things and go to great places, but these visual cues are key to scammers who want to get your guard down for their future bid for cash.
By fabricating an illusion of their own wealth, scammers may be able to convince you that you're simply "loaning" them money that, for some weird reason, they can't immediately access.
"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.
"He said he was going to pay me back double," she laughs.
The crook will then lavish you with attention and flattery.
The idea is to get you to suspend good sense and become enamored with someone you've known online for just a few weeks and have never met in person. Kipps has decided that another tip-off is photographs that show all the trappings of wealth -- exotic cars, mansions, pictures in romantic foreign settings.