Do you want to protect yourself from romance scammers? If so there are many steps you can take. It’s important to know what to do and what not to do so that you can get the best results. Here are some helpful steps to take if you want to avoid being the victim of fake love:

  1. Meet face-to-face before you trust them

If you want to avoid romance scammers one of the best ways is to make sure you meet someone in the real world before you give any personal info to them. Does this mean you can trust everyone you meet face-to-face?

It doesn’t. However, there’s something to be said about meeting someone in real life. You can do things like reading body language and verify that they’re who they claim to be on dating sites, for example. Make sure that you don’t give personal info out until you meet someone in the real world.

  1. Google people

Before you get serious about someone, it’s highly advisable to do some web searches via Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. to make sure you know who you’re talking to. Does their name match their picture? Has anyone posted warnings about them online because they were already scammed? Was their photo pulled from a modeling agency site?

Sometimes the answers to these questions are still tough to answer even after you search the web. However, it’s worth looking for any red flags.

  1. Be cautious about long-distance relationships

There are various reasons, but one of the main ones is that the romance scammers are often in other countries. Some common regions include Western Africa or Eastern Europe. There’s nothing wrong with those regions per se.

What’s important to keep in mind is that it’s much easier to maintain a phony relationship when you’re on the other side of the world. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the scams often aren’t just one person chatting from their home computer. They’re sometimes big companies that are run like large corporations. Wealthy people in those countries figure out they can earn more money scamming people through romance scammers than having a legit 9-to-5 job.

  1. Use paid online sites

If you want to reduce your chance of dealing with scammers, this is a good option. The reason is that there are more systems and tools used to filter out scammers.

  1. Observe someone’s language

This issue related to romance scammers involves both written and oral language. The reason is that many dating scammers are from regions of the world where English isn’t spoken fluently. This doesn’t mean you’re 100% safe if someone speaks fluent English.

That said, keep in mind that many of the scammers are from certain areas of the world. That includes Western Africa and Eastern Europe. So there’s a greater chance that the scammer is “working” in those countries if their English isn’t sold. Plus, consider the fact it doesn’t jive if someone is from an English-speaking country with a college degree—yet doesn’t he/she know the basics of English grammar.

These are some helpful tips to protect yourself from romance scammers.