I talk a lot about scams in dating advice, but pretty much everything involved in dating has scams embedded in it. Online dating certainly isn’t safe. Netcraft has discovered that criminals are running MASSIVE phishing scams against online dating sites. Netcraft describes how the online dating phishing scams work.
Online dating fraud is often orchestrated by criminal gangs who use fake profiles to trick victims into developing long distance relationships. Once the fraudsters have gathered enough sympathy and trust from a victim, they will exploit this by claiming they need money to pay for travel costs, or to afford medical treatment for a family member. After the money has been stolen, the criminals will make up further reasons why they need more money. In some cases, the fraudsters blackmail their victim into sending money – if the victim has sent any explicit photos or videos to the criminals, they may threaten to send them to the victim’s friends and family.
The amount of money involved in these scams can be considerable. In 2011, a woman in Britain was tricked into sending more than $59,000 to a pair of fraudsters who pretended to have inherited millions of dollars from a military friend in Nigeria. The fraudsters – who were actually a mother and daughter in America – managed to net more than a million dollars before being jailed in 2013.
When I read this I realized that other than the parts that make this an organized scam, this isn’t much different than what the average woman does, especially when she taps into the reserves. Everything in the dating world whether its dating advice or online dating is a ready made venue for fraud. Whether its just a woman looking for a man to fix her financial problems or a criminal organization running a massive phishing scam, it’s all the same. The world of dating is filled with so much deception that it creates a venue that criminals can use easily. Fraud attracts more fraud so a venue where women are trying to defraud men will naturally attract actual criminals sooner or later. There’s no way of protecting online dating sites from criminals since the fundamental nature of everything involved in the dating industry is fraudulent.
When you use an online dating site, do you know if you are dealing with an actual woman or a criminal organization? No, you don’t. And in some ways it doesn’t matter. It’s all about defrauding you. In the dating industry, scams are everywhere and fundamental to the way it operates so you should just avoid it.