How to Identify Online Dating Scams?

I love being an online marketer. It helps not only in sharpening my creativity and computer knowledge, it also protects me against internet scams. Yesterday, I received a romance email from a random girl and she approached me to be her friend. The sender name is Carol, but the email ID is lightzup22@gmail.com, it raised my suspicion

1. Why did the sender name have no Carol-related words?
2. The email is not directed to me, is sent from lightzup22@gmail.com to lightzup22@yahoo.com and bcc to me.

3. “22 may refer to multiple mailing accounts from lightzup1@gmail.com, lightzup2@gmail.com, lightzup3@gmail.com and so on to mass out bcc email.

Romance message
“Hi and how are u doing, how is the weather with u !!! am carol by name and I like to befriend if u don’t mind text me… 715 575 4940.. have a good day smiles..God bless you.”

To clear my suspicion, my initial response was visiting her Google+ profile, then uploaded the photo to Google images search.

Drag and drop the photo

Within a second I got following result:

Because of this scenario, I decided to write an article to warn other people and alert them about online dating scams.

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