Perform a Google Image search on the person's photo.
Fraudsters often use profiles stolen off the Web from modeling agencies or military sites."Doing the Google search for the scammer lets you know if the photo actually originated from one of these sites, and isn't the actual photo of the suitor," Nofziger says.
Jessica and Martin struck up a close relationship and exchanged regular emails and many phone calls.
Martin came across as sensitive and caring and often listened to her problems.
After several months Jessica felt that she could tell Martin anything and Martin confessed his love for her.
Soon afterwards, Jessica received an email from Martin claiming that he had been mugged and lost his wallet.
He said that he was working away from his camp and at the hotel where he was staying the hotel manager was holding his passport and refused to return it until he paid his next month's bill.
He was soon to be paid but asked Jessica to advance him 00 by wire transfer to help with his hotel bill.
Then there are the stories I am off working somewhere. They want long distance romances and eventually ask for money or for you to reship packages or ask for personal info.Once they've hooked you, the requests for money start.If you're suspicious, Nofziger has some suggestions on how to find out if your potential match is actually part of an online dating scam.They called these cons “Yahoo” jobs, pronounced Ya-OO.“We go on the internet…We start making friend with you,” Danjuma says, explaining that they trawl Facebook and dating websites incessantly, looking for lonely women with money to spare.