So, when a relative urged her to give online dating a try, she did.
Robert Siciliano, personal security expert and CEO of IDTheft Security.com, says you can avoid being hooked by checking out potential love matches.
"Search names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, usernames.
Con artists won't waste time wooing a mark that isn't going to pay off.
And even if you think the relationship is legitimate, remember to never give out personal information to strangers, especially when it has to do with finances.
Then the testimonies poured in: “I will be celebrating my one-year wedding anniversary.
It was truly the most romantic mind-blowing experience that I have ever had…
” “I am single, but I would never consider an online dating service.
In my opinion it is a sign of desperation and could be very dangerous as well.” … I was almost convinced this was a practice only for the lonely and sexually deviant.
But experts like Siciliano say if potential matches display any reluctance to meet face to face, talk on Skype or do anything that brings the 2 parties together in real time, then alarm bells should start clanging.
If an online dating scam is suspected, Siciliano says to go dark and silent.
But instead of catching a great guy, Connie almost ended up on a scam artist's hook.