A recent study indicates that 15 percent of American adults use online dating websites or mobile applications. As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud. Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars. This leaves many victims not only embarrassed but also in financial distress. It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams. It can happen like this:.
For most singles, it is an annual reminder of the need to find a significant other. That is why the holiday is an ideal time to discuss dating site scams that seek to entrap and extract money in a variety of ways from lonely singles willing to overlook the occasional red flag. Spokeo is an identity search site that receives 18 million unique visitors per month. This frequently can happen in innocent encounters online, but it also is what helps fraudsters gain the trust of potential marks on dating sites. No surprise then that fraud prevention vendor iovation found that online dating transactions, including everything from account profile creation and login to the exchange of information, have a higher chance of being fraudulent when compared to transactions in other industries. Fraudulent profiles are a growing problem for online dating sites in particular as fraudsters use them to either perpetrate romance scams or harvest personal details from targets to either take over their accounts or steal their identity. This strongly suggests that not only are fraudsters heavily involved in dating sites but that online dating sites are getting better at identifying fake profiles using anti-fraud technology.
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
Are you aware of the safety precautions you need to take when meeting men online? Professional dating coach, Lisa Copeland, is here today to give us some tips how to avoid scammers. Enjoy the show! Lisa is a dating coach who deals exclusively with women over Her mission in life is to help women attract and find good quality men.