As internet scams become more and more prevalent around the world, internet users become more educated about the risks. There are many articles and warnings out there, but for some reason, the criminals keep finding victims, and the crime is actually growing. Among internet crime types, romance scams are still the leading cause of identity theft and financial loss online. The scams have a major financial impact for citizens and businesses in countries around the world, but the hardest hit are the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, where English speaking targets are plenty. Scammers in developing countries are targeting users on social networking and online dating sites. To avoid detection, criminals continue to develop and change their tactics.
With more lonely hearts and eligible partners joining match-making and online dating sites, as well as social networking sites around the globe, there are now hundreds of millions of potential partners online. It is tempting and there are certainly honest and rewarding relationships to be found! The potential reward is real, as is the risk. Social networking and online dating sites simply have no way to screen all of their users. That isn’t their business, after all. It is up to the users to carefully screen their new contacts and romantic partners online. Be skeptical and be very cautious about sharing information online. Remember the more a criminal knows about you, the more at risk you are for financial loss, identity theft, and even physical hard. Share less when possible.
© 2012 A Hathaway