Spotting fake online dating profiles

Launched way back in 1995, Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its innovative cross of classified ads with the web. She has left the Thermomix with her brother-in-law who can bring it around whenever I’m free. That or pay him in cash and he can wire it to the seller. But no, she tells me Western Union has this password protection set up.But as with all Internet-based transactions, some users prefer to game the system... You invest so much time into selling a product or researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… I nominate a password and when I’ve seen the goods I tell her brother in law what it is (or email her with it). I even chatted to my husband about it and we agreed that Western Union sounded like they had a good system in place. They have posts about consumer protection and how you should never send money to someone who you don’t know in real life.

She can’t use it because she’s away, and she’d prefer the cash. I mention that I’d rather not send money before I see the item and that if I can send a payment online I can do that while her brother-in-law is here watching me.

Now, that’s a bloody good deal as those things usually go for 900€. She tells me she bought the item a few months ago, but now has to travel for work. People round here like cheques, but if I were selling, I’d prefer to be paid in cash. She says she’d prefer a Western Union transfer, which I can do via the post office or online.

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The Facebook element makes it all the more dangerous, as nowadays we are likely to believe the identities behind these profiles are who they say they are.This means that we feel that we are more responsible for the relationship than they are.We’re thinking in terms and then devaluing ourselves (or feeling devalued) and then feeling that we are , , or even responsible for the relationship.If there was no password system, I wouldn’t have even been tempted by this scam. I had no real-life address or phone number for the police to check up on easily. Hey, let’s stop and do a search for “Western Union Scam Benin”.Also, Western Union should give warnings to users as they make the transaction. Oh look, there are dozens of similar scam stories, with people specifically mentioning “Coutenou”, which is a city I was given in the payment details. A woman posted to a local buy-sell group with a Thermomix for 350€. I check the woman’s profile out and she looks legit: she has a long-standing profile, some public photos and is a part of some other groups in the local area. Her message says to contact an email address, which is doubly odd because the email address doesn’t match her name, but whatever.