The Basics: Love Fraud and How to Avoid It

Sad Lovely Woman Holds Red Heart On Black

About this course

Most of us believe that everybody just wants to be loved. Unfortunately, this isn’t totally true. There are people in the world who pursue romantic relationships not for love, but for exploitation. Donna Andersen, author of, calls them sociopaths.

No, sociopaths are not all deranged serial killers. But they are social predators. Perhaps 12 percent of people have serious personality disorders that make them unsuitable — even dangerous — as romantic partners. In the beginning of a relationship, they are charismatic, charming, affectionate and sexy — until you’re hooked. Then everything changes.

The good news is that love fraud is totally preventable — if you know the warning signs. That’s exactly what you’ll learn in this webinar — how to recognize the traits and behaviors that indicate your exciting new love interest is not your soul mate, but a predator waiting to pounce.

Highlights of this webinar:

  • What is a sociopath? Where are they?
  • Male and female sociopaths
  • 10 signs you’re dating a sociopath
  • How sociopaths seduce their targets
  • How to protect yourself from sociopaths

About the instructor

Donna Andersen is author of, a website that teaches people to recognize and recover from sociopaths. She is also author of Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath and the Red Flags of Love Fraud Workbook. 

Donna learned about sociopaths the hard way—by marrying one. She tells the whole outrageous story in her first book, Love Fraud—How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan.

Donna has collected more than 10,000 cases of people targeted by sociopaths, and has conducted eight Internet surveys of survivors. She has presented her research on sociopaths to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Donna is the program administrator for Lovefraud CE, which offers continuing education about personality disorders for survivors and mental health professionals.

Donna has appeared on television shows including ABC News 20/20, Who the Bleep Did I Marry?, My Life is a Lifetime Movie, Handsome Devils, Urban Legends and The Ricki Lake Show. She has been interviewed for multiple radio shows, print articles and web posts.

Many Lovefraud readers thank Donna for saving their lives.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $18.75 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can access it online as long and as often as you want.

Although this course does not award continuing education credits, you will be able to download a certificate of achievement upon completion. All Lovefraud courses are 100% guaranteed.

Learning objectives:

After this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the 10 Red Flags of Love Fraud
  • Spot the 8 basic traits and behaviors of psychopaths and antisocials
  • Recognize how sociopaths exploit vulnerabilities
  • Understand the real dangers of Internet dating
  • Know how to break up with an abuser

Program Agenda

55 minutes of instruction

  • What society tells us about sociopaths
  • Love Fraud is preventable
  • Sociopaths in real life
  • What is a sociopath?
  • Exploitative personality disorders
  • “Sociopathy” as an umbrella term
  • How many sociopaths?
  • Sociopaths exploit all relationships
  • Traits of antisocials and psychopaths
  • Female sociopaths
  • Young adults suffer more harm
  • Red Flags of Love Fraud
  • Sociopaths cannot truly love
  • Calculated seduction
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Not love, abuse
  • Pregnancy trap
  • Children with sociopaths
  • Relationship violence
  • How to break up with an abuser
  • No Contact
  • Do they return?
  • Internet dating
  • Protect yourself from sociopaths
  • You are worthy

5 minutes questions and answers

Here’s a preview of the course:

Is your charming, attentive love interest really a predator waiting to pounce? 12% of the population have serious personality disorders, and they’re all looking for hookups. Take this course and learn to spot the warning signs of love fraud.

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