It's not just guns and drugs that are up for sale on deep web sites.
I would get lots of emails from a dating site so I would join it, and then the emails just stop. ”– Anonymous The Honest Answer To avoid online dating scams, your best bet is to stick with the major online dating sites that have been around for a few years and have a large member base.
Maybe they got really busy, left town on vacation, or decided that online dating is just not their thing.
The important thing here is not to get discouraged. I would recommend trying to send a few messages over the course of a few weeks before deciding to give up entirely.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.