The FBI is advising consumers to be wary when using online dating sites after the agency saw a 70 percent annual increase in reported romance scams. Cybercriminals are reportedly using online dating sites to trick victims into sending money, providing personal and financial information, or even unknowingly acting as a money mule by relaying stolen funds. Learn these tips for keeping yourself—and your financial accounts—better protected when meeting people online. Romance scams, also called confidence scams, are when a bad actor deceives a victim into believing they have a trusted relationship and then uses the relationship to persuade the victim to give money, personal and financial information, or items of value to the perpetrator. The initial grooming phase can last for days, weeks, or even months , and by that time, the victim may be extremely vulnerable to the scam. Techniques of romance scammers are varied and may include:.
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MANILA - Filipinos were most concerned about cybersecurity when they go online for dates, do online banking and shopping, a cybersecurity firm said on Wednesday. Nine out 10 Filipinos also said their digital lifestyle is safe for their privacy, said global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. Amid the pandemic, Kaspersky said that based on its survey, 86 percent of Filipino internet users are concerned about privacy and security when they meet people online. Eighty-five percent are concerned about security and privacy when they do online financial transactions, and 75 percent are concerned about these issues when they go online shopping.
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Scammers know that millions of people use online dating sites now, so they create fake profiles to hide behind. Read on to find out more about the signs of online dating scams and how to avoid them. Millions of Americans are using dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. Unfortunately, scammers use these sites as well to meet potential victims. By creating fake profiles, they build online relationships and eventually convince people to send money.