Report from FBI indicated that romance scam is the highest financial losses of all internet facilitated crimes with losses of over $230m.
The internet age is making most things possible, including of course for those looking for love through online dating. This means that ‘SPECIAL PERSON’ can come from anywhere in the world, even from a country that one has never visited. This is where online relationship scams come in. These scammers take undue advantage of human need for love, affection and companionship.
Fake Social Media Profile
Online relationship scam can happen to anyone, indeed anyone who is on dating website is susceptible. These scammers fabricate and exaggerate their social media profiles, get others to follow them to boost their profiles, all to trick you into falling for them. Do not trust the photo displayed on the social media, it is usually culled from old magazines. Men are targeted by photos of extremely attractive females, while men pose as very successful.
Will avoid face to face meeting
This is because they are not genuine, and the cat will be let out of the bag. They are likely to be away on ‘overseas assignment’, a perfect excuse for not being able to meet up with you for now.
Request for money
This is the only reason he is on the dating website in the first instance, to scam others by asking for money for non existence medical emergencies, either for self or family members. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person, especially when you are on a dating website.
All dating websites are susceptible
All dating websites are susceptible. Do not think you can pick and choose a website based on ‘quality’, as these scammers prowl on virtually on all websites, so be cautious.
one out of ten sex offenders get their victims online. Ten percent of all dating sites are scams, and twenty five percent of rapist use dating sites to seek their next victims.
Internet crimes have gone through the roof in recent months, as more than 90,000 was committed in UK, during the first half of the year. Criminals are targeting both businesses and individuals, no one is left out. They obtained their tools from hack emails, social media, phone calls and whatever they lay their hands on. How do you protect yourself from all these?
If you are shopping online, which most people do these days, make sure the website is a genuine one, not prototype ones. This is because there are loads of fake website that mimics the original ones.
Keep your online social interaction to the barest minimum, because criminals use data obtained from your social media platform. Do not divulge personal information and be vigilant always, especially to those request for friends and follow-ship.
Be cautious of opening email links. Phishing is a fake email that appears to be from your bank, credit cards companies, couriers. They use the right logo, so you will find it difficult to differentiate the real thing. All they want is to steal your personal and sensitive information.
This target lonely men and women that register with online dating websites. The scammers use data available on social media as well as what is on the dating websites. The scammers set up exaggerated social media profile about themselves to deceive you into believing you have met ‘That One’ , that wonderful individual and you just relax and divulge more than you have to. Read more here
Job Offer scam
You need to know that not all employment postings are legitimate. Most of these scams may charge upfront fees, and you usually get fast track response, or outdated and fictitious, that will never lead any job offers. How to spot employment scams:
- Exaggerated remuneration – out of this world pay structure, is meant only to attract your interest further.
- Request for your bank details to pay in your salary – this might be the start of other request of your data.
Please take care always and be vigilant.