Posted by Andrew • March 12, 2018
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
– George Sand
It’s true. We all long to love and be loved. From birth to death, this is a basic need. However, today’s world has drastically complicated the search for love. Online dating has become commonplace with 49% of dates (regardless of age) now arranged through dating apps. What was often seen as taboo 10 years ago is now wholly accepted and embraced. However, as with all things positive comes the downside.
Dating scams are growing everyday, and many of us who are looking for love are susceptible to being scammed. 15,000 complaints of online dating scams were reported to the FBI in 2015–this number was up in 2016 by 2,500 more. Nearly $230 million was stolen primarily from women searching for love, with $15 million in Texas alone.
If this almost happens or has happened to you, take it as a lesson and learn from it. Finding love is vulnerable is so many ways (especially like this). Even finding love and going through a hard break up can feel like you were scammed in a whole other way. Just know that it all involves risk. Simply keep your eyes open, stay cautious, and trust your gut–and your heart.