Some people have great success with online dating, yet there are hazards that must be known so your quest for love doesn't cost you emotionally, mentally and monetarily. Scammers have made a lucrative business in catfishing people on online dating sites and apps to get money. Some daters are so desperate to find love that they ignore red flags and warning signs of scammers and catfishers in a hopeful exchange of a possibility of being in love. After all, scammers wouldn't scam if they were never successful.
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You hear about online dating scams happening on websites like Match, Zoosk, eHarmony, and Christian Mingle, but one place easily forgotten that is a common breeding ground for fraud is the social media giant, Facebook. With 2. Many use it for connecting with family or networking for work, but the most of Facebook users are open-minded to romance and flirting and reaching out to users all over the world. Thanks to this, Facebook is an easy place for scammers to try and target others to get their money. In a romance scam, someone on the Internet uses fake, stolen pictures to impersonate a profile. They target singles and strike up an online relationship with them for the purpose of manipulating their emotions and getting money through any means necessary. On Facebook, these scammers are harder to detect and harder to take care of, since the site itself is so large and profiles are all unique and varied.
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Based on the number of victims, this type of fraud was the seventh most commonly reported scam last year. Money-wise, it was the second costliest scam in terms of losses reported by those victims. There are scads of similar stories. An example of the rising trend of recruiting mules from dating sites is that of a woman who met somebody on a dating site who convinced her that he was a civil engineer.
Last Updated: April 24, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Scott Nelson, JD. He has over 15 years of experience in law enforcement and specializes in digital forensics. Scott has received extensive training through the National Computer Forensics Institute and holds forensic certifications from Cellbrite, Blackbag, Axiom Forensics, and others. This article has been viewed , times.