Register for dating sites scam

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A recent study indicates that up to 10 percent of Americans use online dating websites or mobile applications.

As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud.

It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.

Criminals who perpetrate online dating and romance scams use emotional appeals to quickly gain their victims’ trust and then, just as quickly, exploit it.A popular scam involves sites that ask you to create a profile specifically to mine your information.You know those security questions on bank websites about your mother’s maiden name or your first school?Upon finding victims, scammers lure them to more private means of communication, (such as providing an e-mail address) to allow for fraud to occur.The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.

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