Internet Fraud: Online Dating Scams Cost MillionsBy Robert Siciliano October 10, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Internet Safety, Personal Safety
All over the world, online dating sites are riddled
with internet scammers. For example the Australian government has collected reports from 1600
internet fraud victims who reported losing a total of 17 million dollars to
online dating scams in 2011.
"These scams typically involve a genuine user of a
dating website being contacted by a potential admirer who is a scammer in
disguise. After forming a relationship with the victim, the scammer plays on
emotional triggers to get the victim to provide money, gifts or personal
the ACCC, which is encouraging online dating websites
to help protect users from these kinds of internet scams by warning them of the
risks and verifying dating profiles.
Meanwhile, Mashable reports a 150% increase in global online
dating fraud in 2011
If you use an
online dating service, be on guard for internet fraud and follow these internet safety tips:
· Stick to legitimate, well-known online dating sites, and get referrals
from friends who have successfully met romantic partners online.
· When creating your internet dating profile, never post personal
information, including your middle name, full address, phone number or entire
· To vet potential online dates, look for information about them elsewhere
online, and confirm that it matches the information in their online dating profiles.
· If a potential online date asks for a loan or any financial information,
report them to the online dating website immediately. Discussion of money or
loans in any capacity is a red flag.
· When it comes to internet fraud, no matter who someone is, what they
say, or how they look, don’t automatically trust them.
· Don’t let your heart get in the way of basic common sense.
Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing ADT Pulse on Fox News. Disclosures
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