Banks, video gaming networks, and email providers, to name a few, have recently endured organized fraudulent activity.Unfortunately, online dating sites are also sometimes targeted.In the last year Fulton, Illinois Police Officer Donnie Pridemore has spent hundreds of hours chasing down internet con-artists.
The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.And if you don't physically appeal to your target objective, forget about it; it won't matter if you've got Anderson Cooper's personality.Many claim that online dating also reduces the odds of being humiliated.Most people I've interviewed prefer online dating to the bar scene because online dating offers a better chance of getting a first date.Post a reasonably attractive picture, sell your life's resume, and wait for the solicitations to pour in."The two I've had have been from Nigeria and Ghana.Although they always claim to be from somewhere else," says Pridemore.He adds that the con artists reach out to Americans via internet dating sites.They strike up a relationship sending flowers, and chocolate, telling their victims they’re working overseas, and soon they’ll meet in person.For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.In my zeal to find out as much about Andy's good fortune as possible I innocently asked: "So, how'd you two meet? Realizing I stepped into something awkward I thought to myself: OMG they met in prison; or on a street corner.After a few seconds passed and all of our skin tones returned to a normal light pinkish color Carol responded: "Well, uh, we met online...that's right...online...the computer." Okay, so it was a pretty good impression of Annie Hall, but why all the fuss? Why are people embarrassed to admit they use this remarkable invention?If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.