Cripples online friends romance love dating sites
In the United States alone, dating and matchmaking sites have grown to a billion-dollar industry, cashing in almost Billion and attracting a consumer base of over 49 Million online users in 2015.Last year’s FBI advisory on the trajectory of dating scams also shed light on an attack form that preys on the fear of its targets.Unfortunately, they're also used as effective hooks for different scams.Last year, we outlined a list that corralled a number of the most common love scams that successfully toyed not just with online users’ hearts but also their money—likening it to Neil Gaiman’s notion of love and how it makes anyone vulnerable.
She was no longer Kristin Shotwell from Chapel Hill, but a certain chocolate-obsessed “Kim”, hiding behind Facebook-uploaded images and a list of interests that suggests that this person exists.
The victims are then urged—essentially, "blackmailed"—to pay to take down the damaging information.
However, this does not ensure that the posted files and information will be deleted after the payment has been done.
Last year, the National Consumers League noted that they received at least 80 complaints from online users who have been victimized by romance scams.
With just a few days left before Valentine’s Day, here are some of the most common online scams that use romance as a hook.Fake profiles, as mentioned above, aren’t exactly new, but the sad truth is that they continue to be effective.