Scams using dating sites

When logging onto one of the dozens of dating and hook-up sites on the Internet what becomes quickly evident is that many, if not most, of the users on the sites are fake.Scam artists use sophisticated software, called a “robot” or “bot”, to create and operate profiles for the purposes of luring real users to give up their info.Hook-up sites that lead members to quick meetings and random liaisons can be used to target people for hate crimes.A form of catfishing, fake users meet their victims online and then lure them to an isolated location.This begins by painting a picture of growing financial hardship.The scammer will mention little things like a car breaking down, rent being due, losing a job and all without ever asking for money, acting as if being poor is new and embarrassing.If they are, and under different names, there is a good chance the profile is fake. The top sites all do a pretty good job of filtering out the dating site scams but they still miss a few, plus the challenge of beating the system and making some easy money is too great an attraction for some black-hats, so you need to be careful regardless.

The answers are used to help create the ideal fake woman, once the target starts to fall in love the next phase of the scam can start, the “cashing out” phase.

Symantec reported as recently as summer 2016 there were a minimum of 13 fake or cloned sites perpetrating the same dating site scams; fake verification.

Verification is a service offered by a variety of social media and dating outlets but usually reserved for celebrities and other public figures whose profiles might otherwise be met with skepticism.

If that sounds like it might be you then heads up, all those half naked hotties blowing up your inbox are fake and out to get you.

Another way to spot fake profiles is the set of pictures that are posted.

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