The booming £12billion online dating market is proving rich fodder for fraudsters who regularly trawl websites to hoodwink thousands of victims out of millions of pounds every year.A dating fraud campaign launched today aims to stamp out these ‘romance scams’ – where dates turn out to be nothing more than fraudsters who destroy people’s lives both financially and emotionally.However sooner or later, the vulnerable hearts receive requests that will ultimately lead to financial losses and heartbreak.The scammers choose chat rooms and dating sites because the person in love offers the chance of the biggest payoffs.They prefer to use images of white people capitalising on stereotypes and perceptions.Romantics are preparing for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday but Cupid’s arrow has a costly outcome for an increasing number of single people searching for a soulmate.Disclaimer regarding pictures posted on the board: please understand that you are NOT looking at the pictures of people who are actually scamming you.The people portrayed on these photos are innocent men and women, NOT involved in scamming in any way and have nothing to do with scammers.
For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way.
While a few tenths of a percentage might not seem like a lot, if you imagine the 3 billion devices that iovation monitors daily making an just one authentication request per day, that amounts to 600 million additional attempts at fraud every day for online dating sites.
Increasingly, Americans are looking for and finding love through online dating services and mobile dating apps.
To those looking for love who are now reconsidering online dating, take solace in the fact that iovation found that fraud and data breaches actually dip the week of Feb. So if there’s any time to sign up for online dating, it’s on Valentine’s Day.
Perhaps even scammers have sweethearts to attend to who, keeping them busy with real life love.