Online dating services are becoming more and more popular in recent years, as her research shows GlobalWebindex. Acceptance rates for these services reach 45% in Latin America, 46% in the Asia Pacific region, and 29% in the US and Europe, while more than 40% of bachelors have used a corresponding application or site for the last month, according to the survey.
With such a great deal of dynamism, these services could not fail to target cybercriminals who exploit them to launch malicious scams unsuspecting users.
As her researchers explain ESET, in most cases cyber criminals study the profiles of their victims and collect personal information such as professional activity, income or lifestyle, etc. Based on the profile they have formed, they also use the most appropriate method of targeting the victim.
One of the most common methods is for a cyber-robber to emotionally manipulate his victim to send him money, gifts or personal information.
Another common form of deception is the so-called sextortion, which begins as an ordinary relationship between two people who begin to know each other until the crook tries to convey the conversation elsewhere, for example. at WhatsApp. Here, he will try to persuade the victim to send bold pictures or videos to use this material to blackmail the victim.
Another scam is 'catfishing', in which the crook presents a picture different from his own, cheating the victim to engage in a relationship based on a fictitious profile.
As ESET says, this is a huge issue at a global level. In Australia, 2018 has seen 3.981 fraud cases related to online dating through social networks, apps, or sites, resulting in losses over 24 million US dollars.
In the United Kingdom, 2017, according to the National Agency National Fraud Intelligence Office, every three hours reported a case of online dating dating fraud. According to more recent data from Action Fraud, 2018 has filed more than 4.500 complaints about online frauds with 63% of victims being estimated to be women, the BBC said.
ESET reminds users of online dating services that anyone who may be the victim of a fraud, so it is advisable to keep in mind the following tips:
- Check for inconsistent or inconsistent behaviors. If you find one, be careful.
- There is a case that the person you have met, after a while (weeks or months), tells you an elaborate story and ask you for money, a gift or something like that. Remember that we never send money to someone we met online before we meet him personally.
- Suspect someone who always finds excuse not to come close.
- Never share with a person you do not know well about, material and information that may make you bothered if they are made public, like photos or videos.
If you decide to meet someone you have met on the internet, make sure you arrange the meeting to be in a safe, public place.