Most scammers choose victims that are older than they are, for example, so if someone who is significantly younger than you says that they’re interested, it could be cause for concern.
Of course, just because someone is younger doesn’t mean that they’re a scammer; it’s just something to keep in mind.
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.
If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
Con men have targeted her with a number of creative stories, ranging from their children needing immediate medical treatment, to suggestions that she share the cost of the man's travel expenses to fly to the UK for a date.
Online dating websites aren’t the most secure Discreet online dating site Ashley Madison (targeted primarily at cheating spouses) has been hacked.
The photos used by scammers can also clue you in that something is off.
If someone sends you a message and says they’d like to get to know you, save a copy of their picture and use Google’s reverse image search to see if anyone has posted about that photo being used for a scam.
This isn’t a dead giveaway, but it’s something to watch out for.
While the British scammer mentioned in the introduction to this article met his victims in person, most scammers will avoid face-to-face meetings at all costs.