Though demanding payment through i Tunes gift cards might seem conspicuously sketchy, the FTC has logged numerous instances in which users have been coerced into loading up cards and then sharing the related codes with scammers claiming to enforce back tax payments from the IRS, posing as relatives in need of cash or even cavorting as legitimate love interests desperate for funds over online dating sites.Alongside i Tunes gift cards, the FTC identified Amazon gift cards, Pay Pal and any reloadable gift card platform that, once access is shared, can be drained of funds as rapidly as scammers need.Instead of women deciding between flats or pumps, many are now choosing between passwords being hacked along with Linkedin passwords, people have to question: Are users really safe using dating sites when it comes to avoiding personal and financial harm?Whatever else may result from the hack attack, it sent consumers' perceptions about e Harmony into the cellar, as determined by a Consumer Affairs sentiment analysis of about 140,000 social media postings over the last year.e Harmony sentiment seems to have profited from e Harmony's downfall, showing a distinct uptick over the last few weeks, as determined by a Consumer Affairs sentiment analysis of about 110,000 social media postings.JDI allowed users to set up profiles on its sites for free, and then sent them fake messages purportedly from people living nearby who wanted to meet, according to the complaint.The users were unable to respond without setting up paid memberships, which cost between and per month, and JDI renewed those memberships in many cases without consent.
Going forward, the company must clearly disclose to users that they will receive messages from fake profiles, and is barred from setting up recurring memberships without authorization.
Online dating is a proven way to meet other people that have similar interests.
Unfortunately, online dating has also been a successful place for scam artists to take advantage of trusting souls who are looking for love or companionship.
But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.
Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
According to the FTC, warning signs of internet dating fraud include “any request for money for any reason, and any mention of wiring money.”The FBI warns that criminals use online dating sites to “turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.” Here’s how one of the internet dating scams works: You are contacted online by someone who is interested in you.
Their profile seems like a perfect match, too good to be true, and it “But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money,” says FBI spokesperson Darrell Foxworth in a press release.
As always, requests to wire money should be taken as serious indications of fraudulent activity, and the FTC called for any suspicious or affected consumers to report their incidents as soon as possible.
His profile said he was a widower and a veterinarian who travels, reads poetry and loves to shop.
It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs.
Now children are worried about their parents being hoodwinked by the scam artists who haunt online dating sites."I am a bit past age 50 --- well educated lady; (I thought that I was so smart that it couldn't happen to me --- my college education is no match for a professional criminal)," said one of a seemingly endless stream of scam victims who hav...