How to tell an online dating scammer

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2014: There were 3,295 reports, and losses of £32,259,381.

2015: There were 3,363 reports, but the reported losses fell to £25,882,339.

The 67-year-old widower who met a scammer claiming to be someone called Sophia Goldstein whom he met through the online dating site Match.

Soon after establishing a relationship, the miscreant, who claimed to also be from Canada, began asking for financial help to solve various non-existent problems that the scammer invented.

In the United Kingdom, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) stated that in 2017, on average, every three hours a case of fraud related to online dating was reported, while more recent figures from Action Fraud revealed that in all of 2018 more than 4,500 complaints of online romance fraud were filed and it estimated that 63% of the victims were women, the BBC reported.

A case in Spain occupied the headlines of several media outlets when a man nicknamed the King of Tinder, was arrested in 2018.

Users of online dating sites and apps should bear in mind that anyone can be deceived.

Shortly after they were sent, the victim received a message from a man claiming to be the father of a minor and who threatened to file charges against him for sending a child an explicit image, unless he sent him two prepaid ‘money cards’ with US0 each.

The victim was informed that it was a hoax after he had contacted the police.

Another scam is known as ‘catfishing’, which is luring the victim into a relationship based on the attacker’s fictitious online persona.

In Australia in 2018 there were a reported 3,981 cases of scams related to online dating through social networks, and dating apps or websites, which represented losses of more than AU million; and so far in 2019, 349 cases have already been recorded, with losses equivalent to more than AU

Users of online dating sites and apps should bear in mind that anyone can be deceived.

Shortly after they were sent, the victim received a message from a man claiming to be the father of a minor and who threatened to file charges against him for sending a child an explicit image, unless he sent him two prepaid ‘money cards’ with US$300 each.

The victim was informed that it was a hoax after he had contacted the police.

Another scam is known as ‘catfishing’, which is luring the victim into a relationship based on the attacker’s fictitious online persona.

In Australia in 2018 there were a reported 3,981 cases of scams related to online dating through social networks, and dating apps or websites, which represented losses of more than AU$24 million; and so far in 2019, 349 cases have already been recorded, with losses equivalent to more than AU$1 million, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reports.

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Users of online dating sites and apps should bear in mind that anyone can be deceived. Shortly after they were sent, the victim received a message from a man claiming to be the father of a minor and who threatened to file charges against him for sending a child an explicit image, unless he sent him two prepaid ‘money cards’ with US$300 each.The victim was informed that it was a hoax after he had contacted the police.Another scam is known as ‘catfishing’, which is luring the victim into a relationship based on the attacker’s fictitious online persona.In Australia in 2018 there were a reported 3,981 cases of scams related to online dating through social networks, and dating apps or websites, which represented losses of more than AU$24 million; and so far in 2019, 349 cases have already been recorded, with losses equivalent to more than AU$1 million, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reports.

million, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reports.

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