Are You Being Scammed by a Dating Site?

As the saying goes, “If something is too good to be true, it probably is.” This is sound advice that can be applied for just about anything – from a business deal through to a cheap second-hand car. And especially when it comes to online relationships.

You’ve no doubt heard about or seen the podcast-turned-TV-series, ‘Dirty John’ on Netflix. The horrifying true story about a woman who meets a man who is anything but who he claims to be is a stern warning to anyone using dating sites to find love. While most of us want to find a meaningful connection online, unfortunately there are some people who seek out lonely and vulnerable people to intentionally deceive, blackmail and scam them.

How can I be sure I’m not being targeted?

If you’re regularly speaking to someone you met through a dating site, it’s normal to wonder whether the person on the other side of the computer is who they say they are. After all, Dirty John’s victims were all successful, beautiful and intelligent women – and they were still duped into believing he was an honourable, kind-hearted man.

Always consider the possibility that the person you are speaking to could be a scammer, especially if you haven’t met them in person.
Some of the signs of an online predator include:

  • Professing strong feelings for you quickly
  • Always having an excuse for why they can’t travel to meet you or why their camera isn’t working when you want to Skype each other
  • Attempting to chat off the dating site and using personal email or phone instead
  • Requesting personal pictures or videos of an intimate nature
  • Asking you subtly or directly for money, gifts, or your bank details

If you are speaking to someone online and they have done one or all of the above, you may be the target of a scam.

Get peace of mind with a private eye

Of course, one of the most effective ways to know for sure if you’re being scammed is to enlist the help of professionals like Melbourne Private Investigations. Our private detectives will work hard to uncover any discrepancies between their online persona and their real-life identity. We can use high-quality equipment such as GPS trackers, hidden cameras and USB recorders to surveil your person of interest and find inconsistencies, should there be any.

We will then report back to you with our findings for your peace of mind.

Get to the heart of the matter with Melbourne Private Investigations

As fully licenced private investigators with years of experience, our team of elite professionals will get to the heart of the matter. We are members of the Australian Institute of Private Detectives and the Institute of Mercantile Agents, and are bound by their Code of Ethics.

We guarantee complete confidentiality. Your person of interest will never know that they have been investigated. Contact us now on (03) 9088 3932 for a confidential and friendly chat about hiring a private investigator in Melbourne.

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