The previous paragraph was an extreme oversimplification of the basics of a typical online scam, the "real" versions of these scams are much more sophisticated and believable.
Scammers have honed their craft over years and years of trial and error.
They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Never give out your credit card or personal information to anyone based on an email you received or a link you found in a pop-up message. You just need to provide us with some personal information in order to claim your prize.We'll need your bank account information so we can deposit your winnings, and we need your social security number, for tax purposes of course.Always investigate an email before acting on its content.Take your time and check the Internet for keywords used in the email to see if it might be a known scam.But there’s a type of dating site scam that’s far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.They will use your fear to trick you into paying a "fine" (called ransomware) to make everything OK, but it's nothing more than blackmail under false pretense. They want your personal information so they can steal your identity to sell it to other crooks or use it themselves to obtain loans and credit cards in your name.Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.The guide isn’t available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.Always contact your bank at the number on your latest statement, never use a number found in an email, or on a website that you were directed to by an email.We all know the old saying "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is".Sometimes the scammers won't ask you for personal information but will ask you to install software on your computer.