I AM grateful to Ken Westmoreland who read my site and decided to provide me with loads of information on dating scammers and the sites that prey on the vulnerable.
The sites are listed below and before you even think of trying to find that man or woman of your dreams online, take a peek into these sites first. It's an eye opener.
Scam Survivor's handbook - one story is of a friend of a man in the US
driven to suicide by a Russian scammer went to Russia and confronted her.
Tragic story, this and a warning to you all out there.
4. Julia Robson, online investigator busts Nigerian scammers in Malaysia. Find out more about this story by loggin onto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzl8h0J-DUY
5. A case from Singapore - although the woman's name has been changed, the details like the use of mobile phone numbers by the 'bank', along with a find-me-anywhere number for the fax line (starting with 070) and a yahoo.com email address look all too familiar.
As Who Can You Trust is more concerned with older people, Ken Westmoreland is not as familiar with the dating sites used, nor has he done searches of people in their fifties and sixties. However, the same methods can be used, for example, Google's 'Search by Image', as a stolen photo will usually show up, irrespective of whether it's of a young girl or an old man. It's a bit more time consuming to do in Internet Explorer than in Google Chrome, but if people save the image and then upload it, it'll produce a result.
Some websites are more lax than others about approving photos - Ken uploaded a picture of Matilda Brown on a site called Flirt.com, and got various suggestive messages from men who thought that was me. In fact, many fake profiles are created by the website owners themselves, as a form of 'date
bait'. These are less exploitative than dating scams, but still dishonest.
6. As regards Phishing - this is a useful site http://www.phishtank.com/