A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.
Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.
They’re excuses are usually along the lines of “I’m stuck in a foreign city and lost my wallet”, or “I need money for government taxes”, things along these lines.
They never ask you to send them the money directly to them or there bank, always to a third party. Some people don’t scam for money either, some aim to hurt you physically and/or emotionally, by using you for personal pleasure or even stalking you.
After I told her I’d prefer to stay texting on pof for a while, she somehow removed all trace of herself from my pof app. I had a guy come on fast, literally talking putting a ring on my finger!
Also, free sites tend to have a higher percentage of catfish.
In a scam, the person will then begin contacting you as if they were interested in meeting you and becoming acquainted with you and just when they feel that you too are close enough, they ask you to send them money using a sob story which usually involves them being stuck overseas without money because they haven’t been paid yet, or had money stolen from them.
Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.
The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.