Is Your New Partner Really Who They Say They Are?
Two groups of people are coming to the foreground under the post-lockdown normal; those who are lonely, and those who are enterprising. This is leading to a sharp rise in online dating and online dating scams, with mature people and those who are more used to old-fashioned movie dates exploring dating websites like Tinder and Plenty More Fish.
Lonely internet daters provide a rich market for scammers wishing to siphon money, steal your identity or take advantage of you under the guise of a perfect romance.
The term ‘catfishing’ is a very real danger in the modern world. Scammers lure people into romantic relationships by pretending to be someone else, then find ways to exorcise money to get themselves ahead. Lust, infatuation, fear of loneliness and the hope for lasting love can weaken natural defenses, making you more vulnerable to criminals.
Whilst one partner enjoys a magical romance with all the joy that comes with having someone new to share things with, the shady partner enjoys a steady flow of financial rewards with unsavoury benefits. Research shows that in 2019 around £7.9 million was lost to romance scams over a period of just 6 months, with the average victim losing £11.500.
If the story seems too good to be true, it probably is. Using Owl Investigation’s private eye surveillance service to conduct a thorough background check of your new partner keeps you safe and may save you thousands of pounds.
Dating scams are not always limited to the internet.
Real people frequently take advantage of unsuspecting partners to boost their personal finances with little regard for the longevity of the relationship. If something about your new partner doesn’t feel right, there are key signs to look for:
- Your partner seems too good to be true: you may be wondering why they chose you, or how you ‘won the relationship lottery.’
- They’re perpetually unavailable: they may avoid Skype or seeing you in person. In the case of real-life scammers, you may find they’re never available on weekends or to go on a holiday. This is often because they’re secretly married or keeping multiple relationships simultaneously.
- You feel rushed: scammers rely on the infatuation to drop your guard, so fast engagements and people who come on too strongly are often the first warning sign that something is wrong.
- They have no digital footprint: some people don’t use social media, but if they’re hard to find online, show inconsistencies or only have professional photos they may not be who they say they are.
- They ask for money: scammers may ask you to send them money, support their business interests, sponsor an expensive lifestyle or legally transfer your assets into their name.
Owl Investigations is here to assist you with discreet prenuptial partner surveillance and tracing services. We’ll thoroughly investigate your future spouse to check for criminal records, falsification of personal information, multiple relationships and any potential red flags. This gives you complete peace of mind knowing that the love of your life is really who they say they are before you make any significant, lifechanging decisions.