Safety Warning


ONLINE DATING SAFETY
The majority of people you connect with on an online dating site, paid or free, are there for legitimate purposes.  They have the same interests as you, to meet someone.

100% FREE Online Dating SiteHowever, there is a very small number of individuals that join online dating sites for unsavory purposes.  They want to separate you from your money by scamming you into handing it over to them.

Over40andSingle.com has several safeguards in place to prevent scammers from becoming members of our online dating service.  We reject or delete suspicious profiles immediately; however, scammers are good at what they do.  From time-to-time, a scammer will become a member of our site.  If you come in contact with a scammer, please notify us at Report Scammer.  We will investigate and delete their profile immediately.


SCAM ALERT
We want you to have a great experience on Over40andSingle.com.  When communicating with other members, use caution and commonsense.  If something makes you feel uneasy, go with your gut feeling.  Stop communicating with the member immediately.  It’s best to report the incident to us at Report Scammer.  We will investigate immediately.  It's better to be safe than sorry.


PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING SCAMS CURRENTLY ON THE INTERNET

  • Scammer is willing to travel to meet you, but needs money for transportation costs (e.g.: airfare, bus fare, gas, etc.)
    You will first start exchanging emails with a scammer; this may last for days, weeks or a couple months.  You’ll then talk on the phone.  When the two of you agree to meet, the scammer knows they have your trust.  The scammer will agree to come to you, but can’t afford the transportation costs and requests money from you to help pay.  After you send the money, you will never hear from them again, or the scammer will continuously make excuses as to why they can’t come to see you, all the while asking for additional money.


  • Scammer has a sad story and asks you for help and money
    Scammer will tell you stories to pull on your heart strings.  Stories include, but not limited to, they are injured and/or sick, their parent or child is injured and/or sick, they can’t leave a country (or is being held against their will)  because they have lost their money, ID, etc. They need your help and need money right away.  They make you feel sorry for them.  If you send money, you will never hear from them again. 


  • Scammer is/has started a charity and needs your donation
    When was the last time Red Cross ask for a donation on a dating site?  They don’t.  Reputable charities do not solicit donations through online dating sites.


  • Scammer asks for personal information shortly after connecting with you.  Personal information includes your email, phone numbers, and images
    If you send images of you and/or your family, the images will probably be used to create fake profiles on other online dating sites.  If you give your email address, it will likely be sold to other scammers that will send you requests for money.  Give your phone number, you’ll likely start receiving calls asking for money (e.g.: donations, etc.). DO NOT SEND PERSONAL INFORMATION.


  • A common way a scammer gets your email address is to say they are having difficulty uploading their image to our site, so they want to email their image to you 
    Think about this. If they can send an image to you, they can also send it to us to be uploaded.


  • Scammer offers to send you money
    Scammer is planning to visit you.  They want money to spend while with you and will send it to you ahead of their arrival.  Unbeknownst to you, they will send a counterfeit cashier check that you will cash.  One of two things usually will happen, either they ask you to purchase something with the proceeds and mail the item to them, or they cancel their trip and ask for the money back..  After you have either spent or sent the money back, the bank will discover the certified check was counterfeit and will ask you for their money back.  You don’t have it anymore. You could be charged and found guilty of cashing bogus checks.
Nigerian Scammer

SCAM WARNING SIGNS
  • Profile and images look too “perfect” – does the image look like a model posing?  Exceptional image quality?  Images may have been taken from magazines or modeling sites.  Profile information may have also been taken from a legitimate profile on another site.


  • Scammers either give their email, or ask for yours, right away.  They also give you a lot of their personal information to make you comfortable.  They want to communicate with you off-site through personal email or IM because “it is so much easier”.  If they state they will no longer accept messages through Over40andSingle.com, THEY ARE A SCAMMER! They may also be building email lists.  (Note: If an email address is listed in a profile description, it usually is a scammer.  Report immediately to Report Scammer.)


  • As described in the prior section, the scammer has a sad story filled with bad luck.  They want you to feel sorry for them and be willing to help - with money


  • Also listed in the prior section, the scammer will offer to send you money.  DO NOT ACCEPT!  Cashing counterfeit cashier checks is a Federal crime regardless that you were scammed into to do so.


  • The member travels regularly for their job and needs to get back home after losing their wallet, money, ID, credit cards, etc.  They need your help to do so.


  • The member is from Africa.  Nigeria is very active with scammers.  Over40andSingle.com does not accept members from Africa.  If a member says they are from Africa, they have circumvented the safeguards and you should discontinue contact and report immediately to Report Scammer.


  • A member’s profile will be in broken English or constantly repeats themself.  Below are examples of profiles that have attempted to register with our site:

“I am a very nice good looking girl very respect and with good understanding, am here by looking for a responsible man who will take good care of me”

“i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you ilove you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you i love you”


  • Receive an email that is the exact same as a member’s profile – scammers mass mail the same letter, especially if they don’t understand English.


  • Scammers say they like the way you look in your profile; unfortunately, you haven’t uploaded an image yet.


  • Be aware of how you appear in your profile.  Mention loneliness or that you are a recent widow and you may become a magnet for scammers preying upon your emotions.


  • If the message has too much information (i.e.: full name, life history, email, etc.), it usually is a scammer.

  • Mail you receive is too “well written" as if too much thought has gone into the message.  If it sounds like a poet wrote the message, or if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.


  • Scammers will give you the name of another web site and ask you to meet them there (ask yourself - if both of you are here on a free site, why would you leave?) or they will invite you to view them on a web cam or porn site. Be aware that some of these sites are setup only to gather personal info.

REPORT SCAMMERS
Do not waste your time connecting with scammers.  If you discover a scammer is on our online dating site, Report Scammer immediately.

Have fun and enjoy Over40andSingle.com's free online dating site; however, be cautious and us commonsense.  Have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Sincerely,
Management
Over40andSingle.com, Inc.