Often we hear of people who talk with others on line and are scammed. These are scary and real scenarios in the dating world. The days of "courting" may be over *sigh*. Here are 2 examples of questions to ask to help identify if someone you are talking with may be running a scam. Although scams are highlighted more in the news, there are married people on these sites too. This blog will focus on scams, the cheaters can be another day.
Now, I am not saying all of these scenarios are scams, rather things to investigate.
Perhaps the person you talking with is living on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, working to get to America on a Visa or a medical professional working internationally. This could be a reality, a lot of people do this. Below are two examples of questions you may want to ask your potential date.
- What high school did you attend? Why ask this, see below
- Gives you ability to find person on the internet and "humanize" them.
- In the case of a medical professional working overseas, Where did you complete your residency, fellowship or medical school?
- A minor but personal detail, will allow you to ask questions about their school/residency/fellowship activities (after you completed a google search of course :-)).
- Maybe you know someone that went to the school and can ask about your new friend.
- What type of car do you drive?
- This is another minute detail providing personal detail about the person. Do you really care what car they drive? Probably not. A scammer would say something along the lines of "Why does that matter baby?" "I'll drive whatever you want me to drive" or send a completely fabricated picture of an expensive car from an internet search.
- Look for personalization in the picture.
- Does the picture look professional or taken with a cell phone.
- Is there a garage in the picture, or anything you can ask questions about.
- With a friend, in a storage unit, in their garage?
- This requires a more personal conversation, scammers are smart they will try and deviate the conversation away from any sort of meaningful answer.
There are so many ways people can be scammed, cat fished or lied to on line. The goal is STAY SMART AND SAFE..
I will circle back to this topic again, however at this time I want to keep these posts short. If anyone is like me you lose interest quickly.
If you believe you are a victim of scamming please follow the link below to file a formal complaint.
Jae Investigations LLC Facebook Page.
What You Need to Know About Romance Scams. (2019, December 23). Retrieved from https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/what-you-need-know-about-romance-scams#lies