Common dating scams
Send a selfie (keep it PG) and ask for one of them right then.
You can also plug a photo into Google’s reverse image search to see if it appears somewhere else (aka a stock photo depository).
However, this is their reasoning for why you should send them money.
Something else to consider is why would they be looking for someone outside of their own country, and why would they do so if they can’t afford to get there in the first place?
Ask them probing questions and trust your gut instinct about the validity of the replies. The money could be cash, gold bullion, blood diamonds, gold dust, checks etc. I really hope he doesnt get conned out of any money.
Love at first sight can definitely happen, and there have been plenty of stories about people who fell in love within weeks of meeting and who are still together today.
However, you want to somewhat guard your feelings online when you find someone you click with — at least at the beginning.
If an online match seems to be rushing the getting-to-know-each-other phase and jumping right into declarations of “I’ve been waiting for someone like you for my whole life” or “I can’t believe we found each other,” and you haven’t met in person yet, they could be trying to appeal to your emotional side.
Even though it feels good to have someone say these things to us, remember you still don’t really know this person.
If a match is asking you to pay for something — whether for their travel arrangements to come see you, their online dating membership because it’s expiring soon, or anything else — block and report them to the site right away.