My daughter is dating a con artist

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Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home -- and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport -- a new crisis struck.Scammers can be smart, but even the best crooks have telltale giveaways. If they’re really living out of an RV in Oklahoma, a background check may reveal the truth. If we imagine the workings of a con artist as a formula, it usually follows the same pattern each time.Follow our tips and you’ll learn the secrets to outsmarting a con artist. A new person comes into your life, offering you something you desire.

A cunning crook will appeal to something that you want in order to take advantage.

Wouldn’t it be easy to recognize criminals if they ran around in black and white stripes toting a big bag of loot? Being a kindhearted soul, she thought she was helping them. Ask for references, phone numbers, and anything else you can get your hands on.

They could ring you on the phone, or message you from a dating website. The crooks claimed to be victims of a flood and asked for charity.

People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.

It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.

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