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Unfortunately, the internet is full of scammers. Most dating sites are full of them, and many sites don't bother to get rid of scammers - because scammers look good... scammers use model photos, have nice profiles, and that attracts more members. Connecting Singles is different - we take great effort to get rid of scammers. Scores of suspicious profiles are deleted each day, however, scammers are good at what they do and some slip through the scam screens. You can help by reporting them to us, so we can remove them.

Common Scams

1. Scammer needs money for bus fare or gas to travel to meet you.

Scammer may exchange emails with you for days or much longer, you may talk on the phone, until the two of you decide to meet. The scammer cannot afford it, but offers to drive to meet you (or take a plane or bus), and requests money to help pay for this. After you send the money, you never hear from them again - or you receive ongoing excuses to delay the trip and more requests for money.

2. Scammer has a hard luck story and asks for your help.

Scammer is sick or has a sick parent or child, or is stuck in a country (Nigeria or Russia usually) and they need your help. Their money, credit card, and ID has been lost or stolen and they have been arrested and need to pay a lawyer so they will be allowed to leave the country. Or they got injured and are in the hospital but can't get treated without money. They are very good at making you feel sorry for them. You may feel inclined to help them and send them money. After all, you have been led to believe this is your future spouse. This is a scam!

3. Scammer says he/she is starting a charity and needs your donations.

This is a scam! Real charitable organizations do not use dating services to get donations! Think about it!

4. Scammer offers you money.

Scammer is planning to visit your city or country and wants to send money ahead for use while there. They are going to 'trust' you to cash the checks for them. They may want you to buy something with the money and send to them - or their trip falls through and they ask you to send the money back. Scammer sends you counterfeit cashiers checks and you end up losing the money you sent to them. Not only that, but you may be found guilty of cashing bogus checks.

Another scenario is that the scammer finds out that you have a need for money and loans you a large amount with cashiers checks. You may be threatened when you are not able to pay it back right away.

5. Scammer pushes you for your email address, phone number, or other personal information early-on

They may use the excuse that they cannot upload a photo to the site but want to email you some photos. Facts: If they can email a photo to you, they can email a photo to the site to be added to their profile for free. The scammer is creating email address lists which will be sold worldwide and used for all sorts of purposes.

They may give you their email address and ask you to send photos to them of you and your family. If you do, they will have your email address and also your photos to use to convince other victims that they are 'real'. You may not get a further response because they have what they want from you.


Warning Signs to watch for



Romance Scams

A romance scam occurs when a stranger pretends romantic intentions, gains the affection of victims, and then uses that goodwill to gain access to their victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, email accounts, and/or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.

The majority of scammers are located in Africa especially West Africa: Nigeria (Lagos), Senegal, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire; and Russia and Ukraine (for this reason, these areas are blocked from using ConnectingSingles, but some of them get around these blocks). This type of scam is very common on dating sites and you will likely receive email from a scammer on this site.


What you can do

The best thing to do is avoid these people, don't waste your time on them. If you see scammers on this site, report scammers to us, so that we can remove them from this site.


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Have fun. Be safe.
Think with your head, not with your heart.

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