Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.Visit Netsafe’s website Someone starts connecting with you through a dating service. The opportunity for blackmail may arise if you are persuaded into compromising situations and the scammer uses their webcam camera to capture images of you.You don’t know if you are dealing with a real woman or a man who pretends to be a woman.This person could also be a woman who pretends to be a man. Often online dating scammers contact people older than themselves. They know that they are ideal targets because they have saved up money all their life and are more vulnerable as they tend to be less cautious if they are lonely and then contacted by a younger man.There are always dishonest or poor people who try to make money on dating sites.They come mostly from third world countries where people are very poor. Get this: When you are looking for love you are more vulnerable than usual.You get to know the person, perhaps over weeks or months. All of a sudden they request a short-term loan for some personal crisis. These images can be used later on to blackmail you.This can also occur with naked photos that you send by mobile phone to others (‘sexting’).
It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.
This makes it hard for the victim to do due diligence.
The scammer might say that an immediate family member has a medical emergency and needs money for treatment, or that he has been wrongly arrested and needs help with bail money and legal support.
As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud.
Some scam artists use bogus profiles to con the people they meet out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.