Don't include your surname or any other identifying information such as your place of work either in your profile or when you first make contact.

Zoosk is exploding in popularity with LGBT singles, and it boasts one of the slickest apps on the market.

Getting started is free and easy, as is finding like-minded singles in and around any zip code.

Victims are directed by the criminals to obtain these background checks via an official looking website containing stolen logos from government authorities and official brokers.

In most cases the victim will be requested to pay approximately $200 – $500 to obtain a certificate which claims to issued by local authorities.

NEVER, EVER send copies to your Date any of your personal documentation such as drivers licences, passports etc.

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