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Episode 2 – Online Dating Scams

Here is episode #2 of Online Dating Tonight. This episode deals with Online Dating Scams. Below the video is a transcript.

TRANSCRIPT

Cassandra:
Welcome to Online Dating Tonight by Online Dating Magazine. I’m your host, Cassandra, and tonight our special guest is a former scammer who made tons of money from online daters. She’s a convicted felon who is taking a break from behind bars to enlighten us. Please welcome Jezebell.

(crowd boos)

Jezebell:
Thank you. Anything to get me out of my cell is welcome.

Cassandra:
Tell us, Jezebell, why would you steal money from innocent people?

Jezebell:
You mean gullible people? Look, if you are willing to give your money to me, then I am willing to take it.

Cassandra:
Well you certainly don’t sound like a nice person. Tell us, how do these online dating scams work?

Jezebell:
It’s easy really. I simply put up a fake profile with a fake picture. I then start communicating with men. I email them, message them, and even talk to them on the phone. I spend weeks doing this to get them to fall in love with me and trust me. Then I create a fake emergency and ask them for money.

Cassandra:
You mean you can actually get these men to fall in love with you without ever meeting them?

Jezebell:
Of course, because they are falling in love with a persona. I can be whatever they want me to be online and they will never have a clue.

Cassandra:
So how can they get a clue?

Jezebell:
There are signs we count on them not seeing. For example, we like to rush things to get them to fall in love with us sooner rather than later. We also have lots of good excuses for not meeting in person. The biggest clue is that we are asking for thousands of dollars! We count on love being blind and in most cases it is blind. And my reward is a fat wallet.

Cassandra:
How much do scammers make from scamming online daters?

Jezebell:
Millions of dollars. Every year. There’s definitely not a shortage of people to scam.

Cassandra:
What can be done to put a stop to these scams?

Jezebell:
Online dating services should do more to educate consumers. And online daters should do more to educate themselves. Publications like Online Dating Magazine offer good tips to avoid scams. It’s also important to remember that a lot of men are scamming women.

Cassandra:
So should people not participate in online dating?

Jezebell:
There’s nothing wrong with online dating. Simply put, don’t date someone you cannot meet in person. And, by the way, I’m on a prisoner online dating service right now. My username is my prisoner ID if anyone is interested. Be sure to bring your wallet.

Cassandra:
And with that I’d say we are out of time. But, of course, Jezebell,  you have lots of time! Join us in our next episode of online dating tonight where we will discuss online dating safety tips. Until then, I’m your host Cassandra. Good night.

(concluding music plays — show is over)

Jezebell:
You know, Cassandra, I like women too. I think you and I should get to know each other better. And have I told you that your hair looks amazing today?

(Cassandra shakes her head in disbelief)

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