Red flags during internet dating
But while online dating may be a great way to find your soul mate, you’ll be confronted with thousands of candidates.
And, like many other online offerings, the "product" received may not always be what was advertised.
Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.
When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home -- and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport -- a new crisis struck.
The idea is to get you to suspend good sense and become enamored with someone you've known online for just a few weeks and have never met in person. Kipps has decided that another tip-off is photographs that show all the trappings of wealth -- exotic cars, mansions, pictures in romantic foreign settings.
No photo, or a grainy, out-of-focus or outdated photo, are a sign that the person probably has something to hide, or else is not really serious about the dating process.If the victim doesn't figure out the con after the first request for cash, the crook will keep milking the relationship for as much as he or she can get.When the victim gets wise, the con artist gets scarce. But the increasing popularity of online dating gives them the perfect conditions to proliferate.By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer.
"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.
And, interestingly, marriages that begin online are less likely to result in separation or divorce, and those that remained married are happier than their offline counterparts.