Feb 15, 2022
67 Views
0 0

Scammers increasingly targeting women on dating sites

Written by

TSB has released data ahead of Valentine’s day showing how dating sites are “riddled with scammers”. Unfortunately, it has shown that women were targeted in two-thirds of the cases it analysed and the average age of those scammed was 47 years old. The average amount of money swindled from women was £6,300 compared with men at £4,600.
 
Robert Rendell, VP of payment solutions at Feedzai, said of romance scams:
“These scams are about coercion and manipulation of emotions. Individuals need to be careful about what they post on social media. For younger generations, that could mean heart break or recent break-ups, while older people might need to be especially careful right after a death of a loved one. As crass as it sounds, fraudsters love obituaries, they offer up very emotional insights into one’s life and all the remaining survivors. For example, a fraudster might call up an elderly woman and inform her that her grandson is in jail, after reading the name and other identifiable information in the obituary. In other instances, scammers might impersonate a former co-worker of the deceased, and use that as a way to gain the victim’s trust.
 
“At this time of year, people are advised to pay attention to what they share on social media (Facebook / Instagram / Tinder) – personal information such as a recent breakup might be weaponised as part of elaborate social engineering scams. Fraudsters often create intricate narratives that will make use of any publicly available information, whether that is the name of relatives, friends, or other details that might add credibility to their story and help them befriend their targets.”
 
Paul Bischoff, privacy advocate at Comparitech,  also shed some light on romance scams, saying: “Romance scams are among the most lucrative types of online fraud, and scammers will go to the effort of building a fake relationship with someone to reap the rewards. It’s easy to assume that you would never fall for a scam, but you would be surprised how much people are willing to overlook when they’re infatuated. Often these scams can continue for months after the victim realizes they’re being defrauded because they want the relationship to continue.”
 
Rendell also made it clear that awareness in these instances is key, as anyone can fall victim, particularly if they are feeling vulnerable:
 
“The ubiquity of romance and affective scams makes it ever more important to raise awareness on the issue,” he said. “Anyone could fall victim to this type of fraud, especially the most vulnerable. For this reason, people should always seek the advice of a trusted person when they are contacted by someone out of the blue, and should never feel ashamed to seek verification that the person they are talking to is who they say they are.”
 
Finally, Chris Hauk, consumer privacy champion at Pixel Privacy, added his advice:
 
“Lonely hearts scams are on the rise, particularly around Valentine’s Day.
 
To avoid situations like this, folks should:
 
 
 
 
The IT Security Guru offers a daily news digest of all the best breaking IT security news stories first thing in the morning! Rather than you having to trawl through all the news feeds to find out what’s cooking, you can quickly get everything you need from this site!

Our Address: 10 London Mews, London, W2 1HY
Follow Us
© 2015 – 2019 IT Security Guru – Website Managed by Calm Logic
© 2015 – 2019 IT Security Guru – Website Managed by Calm Logic
This site uses functional cookies and external scripts to improve your experience.
Privacy settings
Privacy Settings / PENDING
This site uses functional cookies and external scripts to improve your experience. Which cookies and scripts are used and how they impact your visit is specified on the left. You may change your settings at any time. Your choices will not impact your visit.
NOTE: These settings will only apply to the browser and device you are currently using.
GDPR Compliance

source

Article Categories:
Mobile Security

Comments are closed.