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Scammers reveal internet Prince Charming could be a toad

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The internet makes it easier than ever to find a potential date when looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, but with plenty of fish in the sea, there's a dark side in the ocean.
 
Scammers and con artists are lurking on those sites, looking to woo you and then fool you.
 
This type of scam is so prevalent, the FBI issued a new warning, dubbing it "Operation Romeo and Juliet."  

In Shelby County alone, there were several reports from different women who went looking for love on a dating
website, developed a relationship over the phone, and ended up getting scammed out of thousands of dollars.

One Mid-South woman sent a total of $30,000 in wire transfers to help "bail a daughter out of a Dubai jail." 

Click here to read the police report on that investigation.

In another report we uncovered, the “suitor” came up with elaborate stories of predicaments overseas. The victim ended up sending almost $20,000 in money and new iPhones to several different addresses.

Click here to read the police report on that investigation.

We asked matchmaking expert Tammi Pickle why she thinks so many women fall for the scheme. Pickle works at Elite Connections Matchmaking Agency.

"People are very trustworthy," Pickle said. "Maybe they have been in a relationship half their lives or longer, and they trust this process and that everyone is looking for the same type of thing."
 
In many of these cases, women never meet their “suitors” in person, so they never know who they're really speaking to until it's too late.
 
"If they’re not wanting to meet you within a week or two of speaking, then there is probably something wrong," Pickle advised.
 
Pickle said another red flag to watch out for is talking about money.
 
"If they are talking about what you do and how much you make, how much you have in the bank account, it's probably going to be an issue that they are using you in some way," Pickle said.
 
Follow your instincts, and always arrange to meet that person in a safe, public place.
 
More dating red flags:

  • Before meeting in person, let friends or family know where you are going and where you will be for your date.
  • Don't ever reveal where you live to someone you have just met or have yet to meet. Don't let them pick you up either.
  • Be cautious of "sexy" user names with any sexual content attached to them. Pickle says this is a red flag.

Pickle advises users to be cautious of someone who may put things they think the “masses” want to hear in their profile, like "loves long walks on the beach."
 
Elite Connections is a matchmaking service that verifies every person they work with, meets every client in person, performs background searches, and matches couples according to personality.

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