Attention: Kasperksy Lab gives hints if you’re dating an online scammer
Now, with online dating websites and apps, finding a partner seems so easy for someone even from a different country if they wish. Computers and servers in these virtual dating agencies filter the millions of people in their database to find someone’s closest match. Users are able to scroll through profiles of people near them, and send them a flirty text.
BUT, remember, not everybody on the Internet is whom they seem to be.
For example, you might be a guy scrolling through profiles on a dating site. Then, you saw a nice girl who you might like to date so you send her a message, and she luckily she answers. Maybe she wants to know you better, or she wants to talk to you. But behind that sweet-sounding woman may actually be a woman – a cybercriminal who only wanted to get your phone number to scam you.
So, to keep you safe from being broken hearted and scammed this Valentine’s day, Kaspersky Lab puts together list of common scams, and some tips to ensure your safety and your digital life.
Scam: Mutual connection
If you’re a “serial poster” of pictures and haven’t updated your privacy settings, then it’s easy for the cybercriminals to pretend you have common interest. They may even manipulate a mutual connection with you maybe from an introduction at a wedding or large gathering.
Tip: If you receive such immediate claim, dismiss the conversation and never add that person as a friend no matter how desperate you are to find a partner. Also, update your privacy settings to share with only those you know.
Scam: Intimate Activity
After an intense courtship period, the scammer asks the victim to connect with them via webcam and “chat.” The fraudster’s webcam is mysteriously broken, but they heap praise on their victim and, with a combination of flattery and persistence, convince their “partner” to partially disrobe or perform other intimate acts. The scammer then reveals their true identity. They claim to have made a video recording and threaten to share the video with mutual social media friends or post the recording online, unless the victim sends money. Once the victim complies, the cycle begins—demands increase until the victim finally refuses.
Tip: If it involves a webcam and you are asked to perform indecent acts, never ever give into to the demands, no matter what they are.
Scam: Fake Dating Sites
Tip: Look out for sign-up questionnaires that are light on personal details, but heavy on questions about finances. Also watch for an influx of attention just after you’ve created your profile. If all your profile contains is a few lines of text, no photo and no set preferences, but you start getting message after message from potential suitors, chances are you’ve stumbled across a fake dating site.
Other things to pay attention to even on legitimate dating sites – let’s face it, scammers are everywhere - include the following: suspicious spelling and grammar, cut-and-paste texts, weird links, and double time because scammers will try to accelerate this process.