Online scammers abound: They’re hiding out in your email inbox, in ads on your favorite websites and even sliding into your DMs on online dating websites and apps. By far the largest team at SeekingArrangement.com, Customer Support works diligently to filter out users breaking our Terms of Service. We sat down with SA’s Head of Fraud Investigation to learn about the most common scams in the online dating world.
Scammers love personally identifying information. From your address and bank account number to your phone number or even your full name, scammers can turn seemingly innocuous details into gold mines. Wait until trust is established with a POT to give out basic personally identifying information or maintain privacy using services like Google Voice, WhatsApp, or Hushed.
If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably not true! Potential partners offering or requesting money before meeting are most likely a scam. Requests for emergency funds due to wild circumstances (e.g., “my car broke down, and my phone AND laptop were simultaneously struck by lightning!”) or offers to “send $10,000.00 provided you just wire a measly $1000.00 to my bank account in return” seem like scams because they probably are!
Listing phone numbers and asking for money up front in a profile are both examples of reportable offenses on SeekingArrangement.com. While SA’s customer support team works diligently to remove offenders before they even make it to the live site, users can help make the Sugar Bowl a safer place to play by reporting users with bad intentions. Below is a list of guidelines for reporting on SeekingArrangement.com.
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