Main Methods of Fraud on Dating Services
Every day, thousands of people around the world meet online, and each pursues his own goals: someone just spends free time, someone expects to meet without obligations, but the majority hopes to meet a loved one on the Web and build relationships. Unfortunately, they are lonely people who most often become victims of fraudsters.
Despite the fact that all the Promenad profiles are manually moderated and verified, we cannot guarantee the purity of each of our users’ intentions. But as the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed.
We offer our readers to familiarize themselves with the basic schemes used by scammers on dating sites.
The victims of spammers are most often men who are looking for a one-night relationship or want to have fun. After a brief conversation, a girl sends a link to the site, where many of her 18+ photos and where it is much more convenient to communicate. You will have to pay for access to the site, but neither photos nor communication will follow.
We do not recommend clicking on the links. They may also contain viruses, intrusive ads and other unpleasant things.
Most often, they use fake women profiles and “hit men up” for small money amounts. If the girl with whom you started chatting, refuses to send fresh photos, does not make direct contact, but regularly asks to top up her mobile phone account, complains that there is not enough money for a taxi, or it turns out that she is a student and she has nothing to eat — this is a serious reason to doubt Your interlocutor. Insist on personal contact, and if it does not happen, we advise you to stop communicating and inform the moderators of the service.
Both men and women may become victims of extortionists. The main principle of their work is the collection of compromising information, through which they extort money for silence.
Usually, blackmailers come across users who are married or in a serious relationships. They give you details of life bit by bit, ask for links to accounts on social networks, fresh photos, often the conversation goes on an intimate plane. After the extortioner did all the preparatory work, he begins to threaten that he will spread incriminating evidence among your relatives and friends, and demands a round sum for his silence. Once having paid the blackmailer, you risk becoming his cash cow for a long time.
Do not send your intimate photos on the Internet. Best of all, never to anyone.
This category of online fraudsters has serious game: they are rubbed into the trust of the victim, they process it for a long time, write ardent letters, fall you in love with themselves, and then leave you with the broken heart and without money.
Often, under the appearance of a rich and successful foreigner or compatriot a completely different person hides. Ask to send fresh photos, insist on personal contact. If you are plagued by doubts, google the photo, check its source. Do not be surprised if the photo belongs to a completely different person who has a family and has never registered on the dating service. Pay attention to whether you are called by name, answered to your questions, or all messages are as templates only about feelings and how he or she in love with you.
The most common schemes to defraud money:
One day you may receive a message from the interlocutor that he bought you a gift and sent it by courier service. For any reason, he could not pay for the delivery, but he put money inside it, so you won’t lose anything. After the delivery is paid, the fraudster would evaporate and the victim will receive neither love nor a gift.
Another option is when the scammer offers to come to visit, to go to rest together. It is necessary only to urgently pay for the tickets for the plane or hotel reservation, otherwise the super-advantageous offer would be lost. As luck would have it, he has no money now, but he promises to compensate for everything at the meeting. So the site is fake, and all communications are interrupted after payment.
When the victim falls in love, the most cruel and sophisticated ways of luring money can be used. After the rapid development of online novel, the fraudster insists on a personal meeting; he may even buy plane tickets. But bad luck, at the very last moment, he has some kind of global misfortune: the bag with money and documents was stolen, he was expelled from work, he or someone from his relatives was seriously ill, and a large money amount was urgently needed. The winged woman tries to collect money in order not to leave her lover in trouble. But after sending money the fraudster evaporates from the woman’s life.
In conclusion, I would like to remind you that online dating is no more dangerous than offline dating. Be careful, check the information and do not send your personal data and funds to anyone.