Looking to start a new relationship? For some, that may mean meeting a new love interest online. Word to the wise: Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. And many forge successful relationships. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.
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Mark Brooks of OnlinePersonalsWatch works with many online dating sites — and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love. Millions are lost to these scammers each year — and worse still, the crime may be underestimated, as victims are often too distraught to reveal the extent of their losses. Spotting scammers is getting harder — but there are still ways to ensure you stay safe, Brooks says. It used to be easier — not now.
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Around 7. But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud. Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money. One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money. But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.