Really listen to the questions they ask of you. What kind of questions are you being asked? This is a common mistake made by so many, but in reality, what does it matter what kind of money you earn or the value of your house? Of course, many scam artists will not be so obvious, but it can happen and does on a regular basis, so if the conversation starts to steer towards finances, it might be time to close the account! Finding an Asian online is a much safer route!
Be wary if the person you’ve just cyber-met asks probing questions to do with your finances, your personal life and the people you know. Tell the person you’re uncomfortable giving away any such information to something you’ve yet to meet.
Consider the speed with which the other person professes to love/want/need/desire you. Scam artists commonly try to shift the relationship into intimacy really quickly, because they want things to get moving (namely, your money and assets). Be extremely wary of anyone who tells you they love you and want to take things off the dating website to private IM, email, the phone, etc. within a very short time.
Unfortunately, this can be complicated. There are also scam artists who are quite willing to put in a long time cultivating a fake relationship with you until they feel they’ve gained your trust. This sort of person will likely reveal inauthentic intentions through such actions as pretending to book an airfare to meet you, but canceling it or making up stories why the trip has to be postponed unless you can forward funds, telling you they’ve got a medical/family emergency and need money, etc.
Keep personal data to yourself. Until you meet this person for real, keep things superficial and pleasant. There is no need to pass on intimate details of your life and there is no way in the world this person you’ve yet to meet needs your social security or bank account numbers. Also, be aware that the more you reveal about yourself, the more leverage you give a scam artist to pinpoint a weak spot that they may try to manipulate you with.
Be aware that some scam artists use the “intimate” information to get back at you. They cajole, wheedle and stroke your ego to get the information, then they threaten you with revealing personal secrets, unless you send money. You don’t even have reassurance that they won’t reveal what you’ve said even if you do pay! Bear this in mind before you let down your guard.
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