For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.The trouble is that statistics on crimes linked to online dating are sparse.
John Leech thinks the situation is new, and dangerous.
A local council member in Manchester, in the north of England, Leech this year launched a campaign to make online dating companies commit to keeping their users safer.
But Leech wants other protections, like giving users alerts about potential risks before they ever begin chatting with strangers.
Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
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Looking for a "fun-loving" and "passionate" single man or woman? Well, a new site is putting a new spin on online dating.
In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).
In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.
"The majority of these inmates are fun, loving, passionate, clever, reliable, and very sexy." Obviously not clever ... One brunette serving time for vehicular homicide writes on her profile page that "I always have a smile on my face." She must be one of the gang leaders.