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In POF scams, the scammer will begin contacting you as if they were interested in meeting you and becoming acquainted with you.
PlentyOfFish is an online dating service that is popular in the U.S. and many European countries. It is free to use POF, but they do offer premiums where you can pay to use special features, like being able to see who viewed your profile and also see when someone has read a message you sent. You can download the mobile app with your iPhone or Android.
The most common way people are catfished on POF is to get money out of them using the Nigerian Prince scam. With our users, pof.com was the site with the most catfish. This is based on our current and previous customers, and we’ve also seen that the larger the site, the more of a target it is. Also, free sites tend to have a higher percentage of catfish.
When they feel that you’re close enough, they ask you to send them money. They will use a sob story which usually involves them being stuck overseas without money because they haven’t been paid yet, or had money stolen from them.
Their excuses are usually along the lines of “I’m stuck in a foreign city and lost my wallet,” or “I need money for government taxes,” things along these lines. They never ask you to send them the money directly to them or their bank, always to a third party — that way the money doesn’t get traced.
Some people don’t scam for money either; some aim to hurt you physically and emotionally, by using you for personal pleasure or even stalking you. These instances are less common, but they still happen, and you never know who you might encounter.