Think online dating sites are booming now? You're right: according to the international research institute ‘Statistic Brain’, 49 million Americans have tried online dating. At the same time, not everyone who creates their personal profile on such sites has pure intentions.
Common types of fraud
Online dating scams usually start innocently. The fraudster contacts the victim via social media or email, mentioning common interests or claiming that they know the victim in some way - for example, they were introduced to each other at someone's wedding or other crowded event.
In other cases, scammers create fake profiles that are as attractive as possible, and wait for people to find out who want to meet them.
Meet the soldier
Fraudulent schemes are widespread in which people are offered acquaintances with soldiers or other military personnel; however, it is quite difficult to recognize such fraud. Fraudsters can rely on an example of a real person and use his name, or create a completely fictitious profile.
Fake dating sites
The recent Ashley Madison hack illustrates well how things are in the world of fake dating sites. On such online services, they supposedly offer respectable dating, but they have very few registered users or a lot of scammers.
In this fraudulent scheme, potential "fans" from Eastern Europe or even from Southeast Asia come into contact with the victim. They are added as friends on several social networks. After an intense courtship period, the fraudster invites the victim to talk on a webcam. The fraudster's camera "accidentally" is broken, while he shower the victim with compliments and, combining flattery with persistence, convince the victim to partially undress or perform other explicit actions. After that, the fraudster reveals his true identity, says that he made a video of the conversation, and threatens that he will share it with mutual friends on social networks or publish it on the Internet.
Online scammers often seek out vulnerable users who are lonely on the web and lack friendly attention. Yes, you can search the web for your love, but be sober. By knowing the common types of online dating scams, you can avoid scams and you have a better chance of finding your true love.
Online dating: how to avoid becoming a victim of scams
By knowing the common types of online dating scams, you can avoid scams and you have a better chance of finding your true love.