Dating scams with photos
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.
If you are using an online dating platform, make sure to look out for these signs that the person you’re talking to is actually a scammer—and how to avoid online dating scams in general.
One of the newer online dating scams doesn’t request money from victims, but turns them into “money mules”.
One of the most important measures to date when dating online is to protect your privacy.
This not only helps you avoid scams, but can also protect you from creeps and cyberstalkers.
Firstly, use reverse image searches and tools like to verify a person’s online identity.
You should check that the same image isn’t appearing across a variety of profiles under different names.
Some scammers don’t bother with catfishing, rather using more efficient ways to exploit victims.
Furthermore, never send intimate images of yourself to an online acquaintance—scammers are now using these types of pictures for blackmail and extortion schemes.
Finally, if warning signs pop up and you are unable to verify the person’s identity, cut off communication immediately.
Finally, never reveal too much information about yourself to someone you’ve never met.
A catfish will use your financial situation and whether you’re vulnerable to determine whether you’re an ideal target.
Rather than trying to get money from the victim, these scammers make you an accomplice in money laundering.