A recent study indicates that 15 percent of American adults use online dating websites or mobile applications.
As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud.
Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.
It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams.Fake profiles may have discrepancies or inconsistencies, like disproportionate height and weight, or be suspiciously vague. Online dating and romance scams often begin like any other online relationship: interested individuals exchange basic information, like their line of work, their city, and their hobbies and interests.Scammers may then ask their victims to leave the dating site and use personal email or instant messaging (IM).Online dating is the second most popular way to meet partners for heterosexual couples and, by far, the most popular form of dating for homosexual partners.Sites like OKCupid, and Tinder, all owned by Inter Active Corp and other sites from e Harmony to location-based app Grindr, are vastly changing the way our society functions.Con artists may express their “love” quickly and effusively, find similarities with the victim, and claim the online match was destiny.