It is private, convenient and will be one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your wellness. Once they have found a victim, they try to quickly move them to another form of communication, like text messaging or email, because dating sites will often remove obviously fake profiles. The same goes for emails. The FBI Internet Fraud Complaint Center estimates that, besides investment fraud, romance scams cause the greatest dollar loss of any fraud or scam affecting individuals.
This is all part of the emotional manipulation involved in catfishing while using online dating. You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to someone else. They Try to Take the Conversation Elsewhere Online dating scammers, especially those catfishing victims, will quickly ask you to move to another form of messaging outside the platform where you met. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. There are a variety of scenarios that they may invent—from family emergencies, health issues, or travel problems.