Identity theft from online dating
According to iovation, in 2014 just 1.37 percent of all transactions on online dating sites were fraudulent, while during the month of love this figure rose to 1.46 percent, and on Valentine’s Day the figure was 1.41 percent., “Millions of people use online dating sites to broaden their networks and meet potential mates, but not everyone on these sites are sincere—some are scammers hoping to lure you in with false affection, with the goal of gaining your trust, and eventually, your money.” “Scammers used to build relationships only to later repeatedly solicit funds, but now they are causing even more harm,” said O’Hearn. Fraudsters build trust until they convince individuals to send compromising photos or video, and then blackmail their victim with threats to send the media to friends and family if they don’t send money.
These scams are becoming more common as more people turn to online dating as a way of making connections before they meet in person.It's Valentine's Day tomorrow and that four letter word LOVE is on many peoples lips.But while 1 in 5 relationships now start online, it's not all chocolate and roses when it comes to cyber-romance.Over the last few weeks dating fraud and fake profiles have been making headlines yet again.Not only do you need to be wary of the people you meet online but also whether you can trust the dating site you are using too.If you follow mii Card closely you’ll know we are passionate about creating trust online.
It’s what underpins the mii Card service, proving real identities, that ‘I am who I say I am’ purely online, so we can create trust with the people we connect with on our social and professional networks, dating and personals sites.
Last year we learned over 200,000 people in the UK were victims of online dating fraud, and in the news this week around 1600 Australians lost more than $17 (AUD) million through online dating sites in 2011.
With the rapid progression of technology, meeting people has never been easier.
Another dangerous form of dating site fraud is identity mining, where scammers get close to victims to collect their personal information.
These kinds of scams are especially common around the beginning of February when people are more active online, looking for companionship for Valentine’s Day.
Online dating safety is a growing concern with increasing reports of fraud and identity theft occuring through dating sites.