The online social world brings many benefits, but it also carries many risks.
Social networking sites and dating sites can be great places to reconnect with old friends and establish new relationships, but they are all too frequently infested with scammers who have learned to use them for their own purposes.
This thread has been created to highlight and explain some of those characteristics.
Note that this thread contains a more "in-depth" look at scammers.
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Photos are an important part of a scammer's "toolkit." Scammers use photos to back up their storylines and make their characters seem more real.
For a shorter, general overview, see An introduction to love or dating scams If you have started communicating with someone online, and he or she matches many of the characteristics described in this thread, you are most likely dealing with a scammer.