The signs discussed below are derived from examination of a number of dating scam attempts. Of course, the presence of these signs in an online relationship is not - by itself - proof that the person wooing you online is a scammer.
Nor does the absence of such signs mean that you should throw caution to the wind.
The first step is to stop communicating with the person trying to romance scam you.
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Identity theft is no laughing matter — prevention involves knowing what measures to take and putting those measures into action.
Don't answer their phone calls, block all of their emails (or send them to a folder reserved for future litigation purposes), and don't reply to their instant messages whether in a chat program, on your cell phone or at a dating site.
Make hard copies of everything the dating scammer gave or sent to you, and keep them in a file or binder for safe keeping.