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Here are some expert tips on avoiding scams from Cupid.com’s Communications director, Sean Wood: Word of caution: The FBI recently issued a warning about a different kind of online dating scam known as “ransomware.” It’s a virus that will make your computer inoperable until you hand over a payment. Have you ever been a victim of an online dating scam?To protect consumers, sites like are being set up for volunteers to post details of the counterfeit dating profiles they come across.

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He became defensive, so I hung up and called the 1-877 # provided on the Official Microsoft website and reported the scam.

Send a complaint to their ISPs when you receive the spam. Report this phishing scam at their spam reporting page. They both claim to offer the Safe Dater Age Verification Service (which doesn't exist, of course).

Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.

They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.

The warning continued to tell me that "if you close this page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network." I called the number provided on the "Microsoft"-looking website that was provided.

Of course, I was lead down the rabbit hole to a final request for a scanned check in the sum of 0. I told the Indian accent on the other end that this whole process sounded suspicious.

In many cases, scammers will choose to use pictures of military personnel. Grisham set up a personal blog for soldiers to report their photo being used on online dating sites.

After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.

“In the war against online dating scams and security threats, we’ve chosen to do whatever is necessary to always be a few steps ahead of scammers, and not the other way around – which is usually too late for our users,” said Cupid.com’s CEO, Bill Dobbie.

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