Have you ever exchanged emails with someone you met through an internet dating site, just to wonder if its the same person who is replying to your messages each time? Or perhaps you've briefly thought to yourself that the person on the other end of the communication really needs to employ a spell-checker.
Neither of these email discrepancies are cause for alarm; a lot of people aren't very good with spelling and grammar, and they may be writing English as a second language. But if more than one of the following email discrepancies pop up during the course of your communications, it may be an internet dating scam.
- Communication is vague, difficult to understand or is repeated.
- Immediate (within 15 minutes) responses are received every time you send a message, with no discussion beforehand as to when you'll be online.
- Email messages change in tone, language, style or grammar throughout the communication. This could evolve over time, or it could be apparent in just one email.
- A sob story is shared early on that changes quickly from an annoyance into an emergency - and only you can help.
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