They are members of free and fee-based, secular and Christian dating sites. They work hard to pull off what are known as Christian dating scams. Many have had much success and will continue to have success unless the people on whom they attempt to prey wake up to their subtle, but surely detectable signs of fraud. Nigerian Internet Dating Scams on Christian Web Sites Although Nigerian Internet dating scams are probably the most popular of the fraud committed online, they certainly are not the only danger circulating.
What is more is that more and more of these scams are becoming less and less Nigerian. In other words, it is getting harder to tell whether you are dealing with a Nigerian at all. However, certain things should raise high suspicion of a Nigerian scam whether you are on a secular or Christian site. Many of these evil people are posing as believers in Jesus and setting up online dating fake profiles to commit as many Christian dating scams as possible.
You don't have to be one of their victims. Detecting an Internet Dating Fake Profile The purpose of secular or Christian dating scams is almost always to swindle people out of their money. Sometimes the scammer simply is a miserable individual who seeks to make as many others as miserable as him or herself. Christians should also be aware of some of the unique signs characteristic of Christian dating scams.
As we point out the things for which honest and legitimate singles should watch, we will specify what things are unique to Christian dating. If you know how to attach a photo to an email, you also know how to upload a photo to your profile. Although scammers use fake photos on profile, this is suspicious. Messages written in very bad English should raise suspicion, particularly of possible Nigerian Internet dating scams. Don't be fooled if you receive a photo of someone who appears fair-skinned and appears to be of European descent.
A Nigerian, someone from Ghana, India or Pakistan might be behind the messages. Many of the scammers from Africa and Asia pretend to be German, Russian, Italian or from some other European nation, but the atrocious English they speak is characteristic of Nigerians. We asked one scammer posing as a German to hand-write a letter in German and attach it to an email. He went silent knowing that his work in Christian dating scams would not be successful with us.
Beware of claims of instant love. Scammers often speak of an unexplained, God-given attraction to you, and of a belief that they are falling or have fallen in love with you. They make excessive use of terms of endearment and tend to be melodramatic. This is a huge warning signal and a tactic that has been very profitable for scammers who prey on gullible and desperate singles, especially Christian singles. Mentioning God is always one of their tactics when they are involving themselves in Christian dating scams.
A strong accent characteristic of many Nigerians is not a good sign of a genuine profile. Obviously, this warning sign is for those who have progressed to phone conversations. For example, the individual claims to be German and to speak German, but has no German accent.
Native speakers of German who learn English almost always speak with an accent that is undeniably German. Native speakers of Spanish, Italian, or Chinese who learn English also tend to speak with accents that identify their mother tongue.
When things don't add up, they should be heavily questioned. When very satisfactory answers aren't supplied, it is because you have uncovered a pack of lies. Unwillingness to communicate via the dating website is another sign that something is probably very wrong.
While it's perfectly understandable to want to exchange personal email addresses, it's best to talk through the dating site until all suspicions have been cleared. Scammers don't like to do this because there will be a record of their messages to you on the site. If you think you are dealing with someone legitimate and would like to exchange email addresses just in case something happens with communication through the dating site, that's fine.
However, it's safer to keep communication through the dating site. Scammers, particularly those who are followers of Islam, are very evasive about the gospel. They might try to impress you with their knowledge of the Bible by quoting a few scriptures.
Nevertheless, they will not ever be specific about how they came to receive Jesus as Savior--because they do not believe in Jesus at all. They might say that they belong to a church, but will never give a name of the church or the pastor or talk about specific activities in their church.
Scammers, including those who commit Christian dating scams, tend to be silent when it comes to their family members and friends. Usually, they have some sad story about the tragic loss of mother, father, and sometimes other family members. They have no friends. However, they might have fake children whom they claim to be very important to them.
They make promises to come to meet you in person, but they're always far away, usually in a foreign country attending to business. Suddenly something tragic happens.
They or their child becomes deathly ill and is in need of medical care. Their half million or million dollar business deal is about to fall through. The list of fake tragedies is a very long one. What matters is that you are asked to financially help them so that things can get back to normal for the two of you to start your lives together. Be aware that some people have been swindled by someone they met once in person. It's difficult to keep lies straight, so scammers might make mistakes such as these, hoping you won't notice.
Scammers don't like to waste time with people on whom they can't prey, so they tend to quickly go silent. However, be aware that they might attempt to make you feel guilty for being an uncaring Christian. This might be seen with those who are attempting Christian dating scams. Please don't fall for it. Online dating fake profiles, Nigerian Internet dating scams, and Christian dating scams can be completely avoided if you heed the warning signs.
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