MPD: Scammers Targeting Single People on Dating Websites

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Trying to find true love on popular dating web sites could lead you to become a victim of a scam. It's already happened to two area women,and detectives want to warn you to be careful who you trust.

"Everybody has to be wary of who they're meeting online," Midland Police Sgt. Alfredo Grimaldo said.

Who you meet online may sometimes seem too good to be true.

"Sometimes they'll put a magazine photo and pretend it's them," Grimaldo said.

According to law enforcement officials scammers are pretending to meet single people online and ask for money to fly out to meet them in person. It's a scam that has already a few people here in the Permian Basin. Midland Police have already investigated a few cases where people last thousands of dollars.

"Anytime someone asks to wire money or cash a check for them, that's a red flag. Then you'll probably won't hear from them," Grimaldo said.

Grimaldo says logging on to those popular dating web sites makes you a prime target.

"They prey on people who are lonely and take advantage on what they can," Grimaldo said.

Authorities say protecting yourself is as simple as watching what information you make available for others to see.

"With the Internet now and all the public info, it's easy to do research. The least amount of info you put on the Internet is a good thing," Grimaldo said.

If you feel you've been a victim of a scam on a dating website, call the police to file a report.