Dating sites spam
When logging onto one of the dozens of dating and hook-up sites on the Internet what becomes quickly evident is that many, if not most, of the users on the sites are fake.
Scam artists use sophisticated software, called a “robot” or “bot”, to create and operate profiles for the purposes of luring real users to give up their info.
This goes on until the target is begging to give money and then, after a few small amounts are given, a much larger amount is asked for.
Anyone can fall prey to catfishing scams but there is a preferred demographic: men 40 to 60 years old, who work in tech or financial services, single, possibly living with their parents, have limited conversational skills and are shy/socially awkward.
Hook-up sites that lead members to quick meetings and random liaisons can be used to target people for hate crimes.
A form of catfishing, fake users meet their victims online and then lure them to an isolated location.
Scam artists can set up fake accounts through which to operate.
To find one all you have to do is create an account and log in, the fake contact requests and private messages will start flooding in and, in some cases, you may even have to upgrade your account to a paid premium service in order to read them.
If you’re not sure someone is fake here’s a hint, the messages contain only the simplest and most general types of sentences that could be interpreted in a dozen ways, and get repeated over and over again from message to message.
The dating site itself could become the target of attack, a breach could lead to the loss of identifying and/or embarrassing information.
ISPs, censors or hostile governments could target or monitor traffic looking for visitors in general, or a specific orientation in particular.Verification confirms ID and helps eliminate safety concerns which is why it is such a useful lure for scam artists.