The internet has brought amazing opportunities for people to connect with each other from all over the globe. This made jobs, safety, and other aspects of life easier for many people. However, it also opened the door for individuals who would use it for nefarious purposes, such as scams. Scams such as the parcel scam, the Nigerian prince scam, and phishing scams are all too common. But there is one scam that is particularly insidious: The Romance Scammer.

Despite the fact that it is now easier, more than ever to meet, socialize and mingle with people from all over the globe, thanks to great advancements in social media and the internet, there are still people who find themselves lonely and desperate for companionship. This breeds opportunity for a certain type of exploitation. Those who will take advantage of the vulnerabilities of others in order to get what they want. There still remains a difference between obsession and love.

This new type of scammer, commonly referred to as a Romance Scammer, preys on individuals who are looking for love and companionship. Romance scammers are experts at luring in their victims. They create fake profiles on dating sites and social media, pretending to be interested in a potential victim. They will start building up a relationship with their victim, gaining their trust. Once they have built up enough trust, they will start asking for money, often claiming they need it for a sick relative or emergency situation. 

If you are using dating sites or social media to find companionship, be aware of these romance scammers and do not let yourself be taken advantage of. 

Here are some tips to help you spot a Romance Scammer: 

They will friend or follow you on social media out of the blue

Ever wondered how those random people found your social media profile? It could be that they are scammers looking for their next victim. Romance scammers often create fake profiles on social media and dating sites in order to reach as many potential victims as possible.

They will message you first and seem very interested in you

If someone you don’t know messages you out of the blue and seems very interested in you, it could be a scammer trying to build up a relationship with you. They may message you frequently and always seem to have time for you. This is because they want to gain your trust before asking for money.

Their stories do not add up

If the person you are talking to seems to have a lot of inconsistencies in their story, it could be because they are making it up as they go. Romance scammers often create fake stories in order to gain sympathy and trust from their victims. It can sometimes be hard for them to keep track of their lies, so they may slip up. 

Their messages will often contain grammatical errors or be overly complimentary

This is often a sign that the person you are talking to is not from your country or they might not be native English speakers. This is because scammers will often create fake profiles using stolen photos of attractive people. They may also use automated messages in order to save time. Or they simply are complimenting you so that you will let your guard down.

They may claim to live far away from you or be travelling for work often

In order to explain why you have not met in person yet, a scammer may claim to live far away from you or be travelling for work often. This is so that they can create more distance between you and make it harder for you to meet up so they can keep a level of anonymity. 

They will avoid video chatting or meeting in person

If someone you met online is consistently making excuses why they can’t meet up with you or video chat, it’s a red flag. Romance scammers will often try to keep communication limited to text or email so they don’t have to show their face and give themselves away. Although, with the rise of video call applications, some scammers have been known to use them as well.

If you do meet in person, they will have an excuse for why they can’t stay long or meet regularly

Some even go as far as to actually meet their victims in person. However, they will always have an excuse as to why they can’t stay long or meet up regularly. This is so that they don’t get too attached to one person and can keep scamming multiple people at the same time. 

They will start asking for money soon after beginning to talk to you or further down the road, often claiming they need it for a sick relative or emergency situation. 

This is the ultimate goal of the romance scammer. One of the biggest red flags is if someone you have only recently met online asks you for money. They may claim they need it for an emergency situation or to help with medical bills. If someone asks you for money, especially if you have not known them for long, this is a huge red flag and you should stop all communication immediately. This is the most obvious sign that you are dealing with a romance scammer.

If you think you may be talking to a romance scammer, stop talking to them and report them to the dating site or social media platform you are using. Do not give them any money. It is important to be aware of these scams so that you can protect yourself and others from becoming victims.

If you think you may be being scammed, there are a few things you can do: 

– Block and report the person on social media or the dating site you met them on

– Stop all communication with the person immediately

– Do not give them any money

– Report the scam to the authorities

If you have already been scammed, there are a few things you can do: 

– Contact your bank or financial institution immediately

– File a report with the police

– Report the scam to the authorities

– If you gave the scammer your personal information, you should also contact the relevant organizations to let them know (e.g., your bank, the IRS, etc.)”


The romance scam is a type of fraud that has been increasing in frequency in recent years. This type of fraud occurs when someone pretends to be interested in a romantic relationship with another person in order to gain their trust and eventually their money. We hope the information shared in this article will help you to identify and avoid romance scams.