This compares with 114 local cases of internet dating fraud in 2016, with losses of HK million for the whole year.
My attempt to “scam the scammer” started with a friend pointing out suspicious guys posting on Lovestruck, a paid-for dating site popular with professionals.
His profile photos and “verified” Facebook, Linked In and Twitter credentials portray a respectable, clean-cut chap. That’s because, in reality, hunky Dr John is a cynical West African romance scammer.
The tall Viking pictured exists somewhere, possibly unaware his image is being used to extort cash from gullible lonely hearts, explains Paul Jackson, a former Hong Kong police officer turned cybercrime investigator.
All of this effort may seem extreme, but it could also be seen as justified: As much as we acknowledge the importance of a potential partner's personal qualities and personality, online daters admit that when evaluating profiles, good looks is the first and most important factor they consider. A profile without a photo might not never be read; at least one study found a lack of a photo to be an online dating “deal breaker,” though one that is still second to age. Ironically, given its importance, research shows that having an attractive photo can actually a double-edged sword.  Eunsun Lee, Jungsun Ahn, and Yeo Jung Kim, ”Personality traits and self-presentation at Facebook,” Personality and Individual Differences Vol.  Lee et al.,” Personality traits and self-presentation at Facebook,” 166. This is a great idea both because we are our own worst critics, and your loved ones have a vested interest in seeing you find an honest, wholesome relationship. Hello you all , first of all this is not a spam because I am posting here just to show my appreciation to mike.
Beauty Breeds Both Desire and Distrust Attractive online daters, research shows, are both desired and distrusted — though with the former generally winning out in terms of prompting relational pursuit.  Yongjun Sung, Jung-Ah Lee, Eunice Kim, and Sejung Marina Choi, ”Why we post selfies: Understanding motivations for posting pictures of oneself,” Personality and Individual Differences Vol.  Sung et al., ”Why we post selfies.”  Lee et al., ”Personality traits and self-presentation at Facebook,” 166. He helped me discover that my wife of 8 years has been cheating on my me my best friend.
In all the years I have been on dating sites, I have run across ONE SINGLE REAL WIDOWER. Probably the only thing close to unconditional love is between parent and child. Here’s the deal: if a man can’t go out with you within 3 weeks, forget about him. If he isn’t a scammer, he doesn’t put much effort into a relationship, enough to make time for a 15 minute coffee date. Like a comb-over, it immediately telegraphs just what the owner doesn’t’ want the other party to know. Tracy Schiff was an Associate Editor on the brief lived “Great Expectations Magazine” for the first major video dating service.Swedish dentist, Ph D, 55, 6’2”, widower, child living with him, a “family man to the core”, seeks a woman, aged 45 to 65, with “honesty and self-confidence, who respects and loves her man” and, of course, “respect is definitely reciprocal”.You’re a single lady looking for love, so what’s not to like about Dr John – username “Hunk Jon”.Despite warnings, English-speaking women in Hong Kong continue to fall prey to online romance scams.In January and February this year, fraudsters netted HK million from 24 female lonely hearts victims, according to the latest figures from the city’s Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB).Online sites make it easy to create a fake or fraudulent profile.