According a recent report from security researchers at Symantec, scammers are now using verification as a lure to sign up people to fake “safe dating” websites.
These fake verification sites collect users’ personal information and payment card details, and proceed to sign up victims for subscription-based memberships to adult video and webcam sites that total nearly 0 per month in fees.
Some of the most popular dating sites have taken steps to help protect their members, but there is a constant influx of both men and women who seek to take advantage of lonely – and sometimes desperate – individuals who use these services.
Just because you pay good money every month to be a member of one of the more popular and established dating sites, don’t assume that you are fully protected.
While there are a number of safeguards that a majority of the more legitimate dating sites have in place to protect their members, there are still risks associated with Internet dating.
Does this mean that you should shut down the computer, head to your bedroom with a bucket of chocolate chip ice cream, and forget about the whole idea of finding your ideal match? It simply means that you need to take the risks seriously and do what’s needed to protect yourself.
To stay safe, there are certain steps that you should take while dating – both online and offline.
Please read the information below and remember that you are always the best judge of your safety.
Public figures and other celebrities on Facebook and Instagram are offered a blue checkmark alongside their name so you know which accounts are legitimate.In 2011, online dating scams cost victims more than million in the United States alone, according to The Huffington Post.A new bot scam on Tinder is tapping into users’ desire to become “verified” on the popular dating service – a process that people believe would allow them to confirm their identity, and legitimize their account for the purposes of trust and safety.And when a female (bot) asks the male (victim) if he’s verified, he may be more interested in following through to do so, because it could lead to a date.#1 Best Selling Author ROBERT SICILIANO is fun, funny, but serious about teaching you and your audience fraud prevention and personal security.
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