Fraud on internet dating sites
Are online dating sites a scam?
FBI Warns of Online Dating Scams. Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate. But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
How do I report a dating scam or scammer?
We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov).
Who are the most common targets of online dating frauds?
These criminals-who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims-usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. In reality, they often live overseas. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk.
How do you protect yourself from dating scams?
Preventing Scams Keep your profile as private as possible. Dont give potential scammers leverage over you. Keep your discussions on the dating site. Avoid giving out your real phone number. Document your interactions with the person. Stop talking to the person if need be. Report scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
How can you stay safe from romance scams?
How users can stay safe from romance scams: Be suspicious of any requests for money from someone you have never met in person, particularly if you have only recently met online. Speak to your family or friends to get advice. Profile photos may not be genuine, do your research first.
What can I do if I’ve Been Scammed on dating sites?
This will help the sites to close down any fraudulent accounts. If you’ve lost money to a romantic scammer or think that they may have stolen your personal information, you can contact Action Fraud, which treats reports in confidence.
How do I know if my friend is a scammer?
Scammers will often build a relationship with their victims over time. Signs your friend or family member may be involved in a romance scam: They may be very secretive about their relationship or provide excuses for why their online partner has not video called or met them in person.
What to do if someone asks you for money on dating sites?
If anyone does ask you for money, alarm bells should ring immediately, and you should report this to the dating website. Finally, never click on a link within an email, as this could be an also intended to extract money from you in some way.