Entertainment Love and Romance Signs of an Internet Online Dating Scam Share PINTEREST Email Print AIMSTOCK / Getty Images Love and Romance Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Bonny Albo College of the Rockies Bonny Albo is a dating expert, author, and writer with over 20 years of experience. Her writing appears on MyDomaine. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Bonny Albo Updated May 23, 2019 01 of 05 Signs of an Internet Dating Scam AIMSTOCK / Getty Images No one wants to think they could be taken advantage by an internet dating scam, and yet hundreds of thousands of people are every single year. In fact, the US Embassy to Russia receives reports every single day from people concerned they've been scammed by a single looking for love, and the U.S. Postal Service has created a video about the same topic on its FakeChecks.org website. So how do you avoid falling prey to an internet dating scam in the first place? Take heed of the following red flags and you'll be much more aware, prepared and ready should someone try and take advantage of you. 02 of 05 Watch for Email Discrepancies Have you ever exchanged emails with someone you met through an internet dating site, just to wonder if its the same person who is replying to your messages each time? Or perhaps you've briefly thought to yourself that the person on the other end of the communication really needs to employ a spell-checker. Neither of these email discrepancies is cause for alarm; a lot of people aren't very good at spelling and grammar, and they may be writing English as a second language. But if more than one of the following email discrepancies pop up during the course of your communications, it may be an internet dating scam. Communication is vague, difficult to understand or is repeated.Immediate (within 15 minutes) responses are received every time you send a message, with no discussion beforehand as to when you'll be online.Email messages change in tone, language, style or grammar throughout the communication. This could evolve over time, or it could be apparent in just one email.A sob story is shared early on that changes quickly from an annoyance into an emergency, and only you can help. 03 of 05 Look for Appropriate Responses It can be very heady to have an ongoing email chat with someone who is focused entirely on you. In fact, this is a great sign that the person on the other end of the conversation is truly interested and invested in learning more about who you are. Where the danger lies, however, is not their interest in you as a person, but rather that they don't offer any detailed, personal information about themselves in return, or doesn't really answer your emails in a personal manner but rather changes the topic with each contact. Appropriate responses are integral to determining whether or not the relationship you are creating is based on reality and not a potential internet dating scam. Could the person emailing you be merely copying and pasting responses from a pre-determined outline or script, or do their emails really seem to "get" you and offer some sort of individualized attention? 04 of 05 Being Asked for Money And/Or to Cash a Check Most singles who have tried meeting people from online dating sites have come across this telltale internet dating scam sign: being asked to either cash someone's check or money order for them, or being asked outright for money. The story varies somewhat with each internet dating scam, but the intention remains the same: robbing you of your hard-earned cash. If somebody asks you to wire them cash online - no matter what the reason, no matter how plausible or sad it sounds - don't. But if you feel compelled to do it anyway, at least read FraudAid's legal responsibility page, first. It details the ramifications you may face should you choose this route, no matter where you or the internet dating scam artist lives. 05 of 05 Unrealistic or Fake Photos Although cliche, the saying holds true for internet dating scams: if the person's photo looks too good to be true, that's because it probably is. Of course models, actors and other extremely attractive people want to find love too, and you may very well have lucked out in the attractiveness category with the person you are communicating with online. But if your online date also falls into one of the other internet dating scam categories listed here, then you may want to do a bit more investigating, first. Both AntiScam.org and Russian Woman Blacklist have posted photos and details about hundreds of known internet dating scam "personalities".