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"Even in the last decade, so many more people meet other people online for the purpose of dating," said New York attorney Jonathan Hood, who has written extensively on internet fraud. Of course, the best way to tell if the person you are dealing with is real is to meet in person. "If they say, 'I'm not ready to meet you in person,' or 'I want to continue just chatting online,' that could be trouble," Hood said."It just makes it so much easier for people to connect without ever meeting in person, and sort of as a result, never really verifying that the other person is who they say they are." In the latest twist, reported on the next episode of CNBC's "American Greed," con artists are exploiting Americans' respect for the military. Moving your relationship from virtual to real is a big step. If you are not yet comfortable meeting your new friend in person, Hood says to at least try to move away from the confines of the dating site by getting their email address or connecting on Facebook. "If you start getting, 'I'm not sure that I'm comfortable with that yet,' it doesn't mean that they're a scammer, but in my mind it would raise some red flags," Hood said.It could help stop a fraudster in his cruel and dastardly tracks.Belfast Telegraph Dating is an online dating service that'll help you find and connect with people like you.
She began a relationship online with a military officer serving in Afghanistan named Adam Smith.
If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, report your concerns to the dating site.
Reputable sites will shut down accounts that are engaging in questionable activity.
If you are also using an online dating site, it is easy for a scam artist to cross-check your name with your Facebook profile.
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