For a shorter, general overview, see An introduction to love or dating scams If you have started communicating with someone online, and he or she matches many of the characteristics described in this thread, you are most likely dealing with a scammer.
Please be aware that not all scammers are alike--if you are in an online relationship with someone who doesn't have many of these characteristics, it is still important to use caution, and be alert for signs that something "isn't right."Remember: What other things should you look out for?
This thread has been created to highlight and explain some of those characteristics.
Note that this thread contains a more "in-depth" look at scammers.
Fortunately, many of these scammers share common characteristics.Understanding and recognizing these characteristics can help you to identify many scammers from the start.What are the common characteristics of an African’s writing style?What are the common characteristics of a Russians writing style?Scammers do not use photos of themselves, and they typically look nothing like the person in the photos they are using.