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How to Avoid an Online Dating Scam

If you want to meet your soulmate online, you better be prepared to fend off a few creeps – a.k.a. online dating scammers.

The following article tells you how to spot and avoid dealing with scammers.

Don’t be a victim. Protect your heart from breakage — read it all. 🙂

Do some dating site research.

Research and then choose 1 or 2 online dating sites that you want to join. Sign up for not more than a 6-month membership. That gives you lots of time to figure out whether the site is right for your needs. For example, if you are looking to hook up with someone over 50, join a site for senior singles.

Make sure that the site has the option to use chat and web cam services. To avoid scammers, you want to talk to these people in real time and make sure they don’t have a Nigerian accent. Use your intuition.

Close your ears to the sob stories.

Don’t send money to a person that you’ve met online… and I mean NEVER.

At the first sign of a request for money – drop the bum.

Beware the “age doesn’t matter” cons.

Be on the lookout for those who claim that age doesn’t matter to them. Seriously, no 25 year old guy wants to bag an old lady (like me) and no 22 year old bombshell wants to stroke a 60 year old bald man’s head (unless he’s Hugh Hefner).

They’re only out for your money.

You have to be a little bit tough.

Look past your loneliness and protect your personal self first and foremost.

Too, keep in mind that you really should do a background check before hooking up with anyone you meet online!


Stay safe — have fun!


  1. What is a Nigerian accent? Lol……Nigeria is a country but there are people there who are from different tribes and areas….They all sound different and only a person who is familiar with such a culture can make that assumption. That’s a directly pointed opinion….how would you know the difference between a so called “Nigerian’s accent” and a “Ghanaian accent”? My husband is Nigerian and because of that I am now more sensitive to the different dialects and so called “accents”…..but this is not something that is easy to distinguish. Furthermore, I think your view is more speculation than knowledge, you must mean African accent. Just because a country might have a bad rep when it comes to scamming doesnt mean that they are the only ones…..Ghana has a high number of scams too…..and other areas. I think your choice of preventative measures in the scamming situations is honorable but you must also be knowledgeable before you speak, being careful to not be offensive.

  2. Jack Stranger says

    I disagree with your observation that if you use chat and online web cam facilities that this is some sure fire guarantee that one will not encounter a scammer. On the contrary you may end up encountering a PROCHATTER-a scammer paid to talk with a person

    I have been scammed before using online chat and web cam facilities especially with the site sucking all your credits dry that you purchased in a quick time if you went with the option of using the site’s online chatting or webcam facilities. Talking to people in real time does not mean one avoids a scammer.

    You also miss out one other point: The email of letters can be checked to see if they are genuine or not. This is done by going to the options of your email account and clicking on the options “View Full Header” which is used by Yahoo accounts to use an example. Here you will either read (Pass domain….designates XXXX as permitted sender) or (does not designate permitted sender hosts). If one sees that the sender is not legitimate and is not the permitted sender then the person is more than likely a scammer.

  3. Jack Stranger says

    1. I agree that one should not put “ALL” Nigerians in one bracket. It is very discriminatory. Where I live there are good Nigerian people who live where I am and contribute to the community in a positive way. Plus one’s “mate” can be a person of African descent and even be a genuine person from an African country. Race should never be an issue and I hope that the author of this article believes that LOVE sees NO race and I hope she supports that view I “wonder.”

    2. However the bad Nigerians do make the whole country of Nigeria look bad and the rest of the good people who are in Nigeria as well but if the good Nigerians made their presence felt then they would show that the whole of Nigeria is NOT completely a bad place after all.

  4. You shouldn’t be this unfair to Nigerians. There are Nigerians with outstanding records of achievements all over the world including the United States. The fact that some people including Americans and Europeans who desire to cheat think Nigeria is a country with much free money and will believe every story written by people who are not Nigerians claiming they have large deposits of money somewhere does not make scamming a Nigerian business. In our country, we have money and we work hard for our money. Those who fall to the scamming stuff are criminals who want to reap from where they did not sow. Please stop embarrassing our country. Remove the ‘Nigerian accent’ in your post please.

  5. Nice explanation. I was going to close this website but lucky me I decided to give it a try. This post is really helping and focused on the topic. Cheers!

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