Internet security. We often forget about its importance when we try to find love online. Today we have prepared an overview of the most dangerous problems one may encounter when visiting such websites, including the increasingly common fraud schemes on dating sites. Not only will you have to enter a huge amount of personal identification information before you can access a dating site that you want, but you may also be forced to give away your credit card or other financial information.
Lots of people from around the world can’t seem to balance out their own emotions and their rational thoughts, this is why they end up making lots of horrible decisions, compromising their personal data, losing their money, and maybe even risking their own lives just because they fell in love with a person that was only interested in their money, nothing else.
If you want to be aware of the dangers of online dating – you should know the possible consequences of it. Here’s a list of the most common consequences of not following the most basic rules of security of online dating.
Loss of personal data
There is a lot of software available online that can monitor traffic from a dating service and use that information in order to hack personal data. Even governments can monitor your activities online, so no one is really truly secure online.
Your information may be lost along the way or stolen from a site by hackers.
Dating site fraud is based on the fact that attackers create fake profiles. They can make an acquaintance, start a friendship or love correspondence, which will end with the loss of information, loss of money, or, perhaps, both. Catfishing is the most common dating site scam on the Internet.
Becoming a victim of online dating scams
Those careless users of the site who quickly agree to the first meeting and/or casual communication, often become the object of violence. Using the catfishing method, fake users will offer their online victim a meeting in a secluded place, and it is difficult to predict what will happen next. Fortunately, there are some great sites that protect their users from scam artists. For example, you will never hear of romancecompass scams, as the developers behind it did a great job at building a secure platform for people to find their soulmates online.
Having visited even one of the dozens of dating sites on the Internet, you will quickly realize that many, if not most, people on the site are not who they say they are. Often fraud on a dating site occurs using sophisticated software called botnet, the purpose of which is to infect a user’s computer and obtain some of their personal data. In order not to run into scammers, all you need to do is create an account, then fake requests will be eliminated; in some cases, it makes sense to update your account to premium in order to encounter only verified users. If you think that your interlocutor is lying, it is better not to answer them and delete their messages.
What does fraud on dating sites look like?
Fraudsters create fake profiles, get to know their victim, ask them a lot of questions, imitating interest, empathy, and understanding to build trust, and then, based on the expectations of a man (or woman), create the image of an ideal lover. As soon as the “client” falls in love with the created image, scammers begin the “cash-out” phase. Usually, a depressing picture of growing financial difficulties is drawn: a car falls apart, they have to pay rent for their house, they lost their job, they found themselves in a hospital or something else like that. At the same time, it is said that the force majeure situation arose unexpectedly, they voice their pain and displeasure. This continues until the online lover willingly helps their new friend with solving financial problems. Sometimes, after this, the scammers simply disappear, and sometimes, their appetites grow and they ask more and more.
Anyone can become a victim of such fraud on dating sites, but most often it happens to single men from 40 to 60 years old, those who are either wealthy or are not good at interactions with the opposite sex. These people are taci