Being scammed out of money by someone you thought liked you. Romance scams are on the rise, and according to the FBI , these shameless grifts cost consumers more money than other kind of internet fraud. Nothing sells quite like a sad story , especially if that sad story stars someone who seems oh-so-perfect for you. Some say they are recently widowed, divorced, dealing with a sick family member, or grieving a loss. Currently, one of the most popular scams involves someone pretending to be in the military. According to the online dating site Zoosk.
You meet someone special on a dating website. Then he asks for money. Or emergency surgery. Or some other urgent reason.
Tech News. Tech News Mac. Online dating scams continue to rise, costing unsuspecting victims millions of dollars each year. Rather than simply sending phishing emails, cybercriminals are playing the long game to cheat people out of their money.
A failed relationship could give you a broken heart, but it shouldn't leave you out of pocket. Scammers are drawn to dating sites because they know that the people on there are looking to make a personal connection, and they can use this to their advantage. The catfishing from the original documentary started on Facebook , but you can also be catfished on dating apps like Tinder, in chatrooms or even through fake video chats on Skype.