Having run a PC store for over 25 years, I have met a lot of people who have horror online dating stories ranging from sending all their money to a stranger overseas through to having an engagement ring, and planning a wedding to only find the groom was a fake profile and it was simply a scam.
I am certainly not a psychologist and am not trying to give behavioral advice, but I thought I would share some points that I have observed with the hope that it could help someone. I would also like to note that on most dating sites there are genuine legitimate people looking for a partner of some description.
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If you do decide to send someone some money, when using money exchange services, they’re now very good at making you stop and click review with the “scam warning” to try and pause the brain and protect you from sending money as once it’s gone there is no way of retrieving it. It’s a gamble so be willing to lose that amount with nothing in return.
Try and train yourself on what could be true and what’s fake (use your wingman) Fake profiles/scammers will copy and paste chapters from erotic novels to get your guard down as your “emotions or endorphins switch off logic”!
Don’t let obstacles get to you and hinder you from finding happiness just, Be Net Safe, Buddy Up, Be Wise, Be Prudent and Be Discerning. Good luck with your online dating!