Online sweetheart scam victims in Australia explain how they got bamboozled, but the stories, warnings and tips resonate for online daters everywhere.
See if your date spent time in the Charlotte County Jail as far back as 1999.
The searchable arrests and bookings database maintainted by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office offers a valuable check on your date in a popular county along Florida's central Gulf Coast. Charlotte County includes the city of Punta Gorda and the communities of Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, Englewood and Manasota Key. Details typically provided from the database include:
Have you encountered Mr. Self Importance in the online dating game? How about Mr. Adult Baby?
Did your date spend time as a guest in the Polk County Jail "hotel?"
Online dating has its share of scammers, deceivers and playas, but this sweet success story from Nashville is a reminder of how happy endings can and do happen.
Local government in Miami-Dade County has more than 40,000 employees. Is your date really one of them?
Is your date concealing a criminal past in Florida?
Anybody can be a target of sweetheart scammers, but older daters are particularly vulnerable.
This report from Kimberly Palmer of U.S. News and World Report offers four warning signs for people of all ages that could signal a sweetheart scammer:
Does your date really own that big crib in Miami-Dade County?
Match Group CEO Sam Yagan reflects on online dating trends that his work has helped to drive in this interview with Boston National Public Radio's Lisa Mullins.