Some scammers induce victims to share personal information or images and then threaten to post or distribute them to the friends, family members, and employers if the victim refuses to pay.The Attorney General’s Office encourages people to exercise an appropriate level of caution when looking for a relationship online and to be careful about sharing personal information and photos with people they have never met.Con artists may express their “love” quickly and effusively, find similarities with the victim, and claim the online match was destiny.
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.
Criminal gangs are using online dating sites to steal hundreds of thousand of pounds from their victims, the boss of e Harmony has said.
Fraudsters are using a technique known as catfishing, where a person uses a fake identity to attract those looking for genuine dates, to trick victims into sending them money.
Fake profiles may have discrepancies or inconsistencies, like disproportionate height and weight, or be suspiciously vague. Online dating and romance scams often begin like any other online relationship: interested individuals exchange basic information, like their line of work, their city, and their hobbies and interests.