Dating service hoax
Javvad Malik, security advocate at Alien Vault, said that these findings aren’t surprising, as alongside enticing people with money, employment or threats, love is a common vector cyber-criminals use to try and gain peoples trust to defraud them.“The problem for many dating sites is that their model is built upon having as many active profiles as possible to attract new customers.'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a 32-year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship.
A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.These figures were up from 2824 reports of dating scams in 2013, with reported losses of £27,344,814; 3295 reports and losses of £32,259,381 in 20 with losses falling to £25,882,339 in 2015.However, both figures appear to have risen in 2016 to an all-time high.In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.