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How do you protect yourself from online dating scams?
The MTV show "Catfish" has recently drawn attention to these scams. Many are concerned about how real the person on the other end of their Internet interaction is, and whether they may have ulterior motives.
The term "catfishing" is used to describe the creation of a fake online profile to lure unsuspecting friends, and in some cases, lovers, Slate reports.
While the events on the show "Catfish" may seem harmless, there are some scary stories out there of online dating scams, with women and even men as the victims. Just this week, police in South Bend, Indiana, reported some dangerous encounters in which men were lured to meet women in person, after falling for fake online profiles. Instead of meeting the women face-to-face, some of the men were robbed, WSBT-TV reports.
So, if you're dating online, how do you protect yourself from ending up a victim of an online dating scam? Here are 5 tips that may help:
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