India is a country where more than 50% of the population is young. This means the number of people using dating apps and websites are on the rise. In the year 2018, dating apps have tripled their user base in India. Dating apps and websites are a medium which help users find the right match. While the number of people using these apps is on the rise, online dating scams too are increasing. In this blog, we will discuss what is online dating scam and how to avoid this.
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Under the online dating scam, scamsters contact users on dating apps and social media through a genuine looking profile. Once they gain the trust of users, they wipe out money from bank accounts or steal personal information.
1. Asking you to provide your personal information
If someone is planning to steal your money or identity, they need information on you. So, they might ask some weird and unexpected questions like what is your bank balance and so on. In case the person whom you meet online is asking weird questions, kindly stay away.
2. Not revealing much on them
Fraudsters seek information. Talking only about you seems great in the beginning, but eventually they gather personal or financial information which can be misused. Fraudsters want to keep their identity secret, so they don’t reveal anything on themselves.
3. Not speaking on call and not meeting up personally
After you get connected to a person on a dating app or social media, you normally want to speak to them over the phone, to get to know them better. But, fraudsters will refuse to speak over the phone and they won't agree on a personal meet.
4. Asking for money
This is the main intention of online fraudsters. Once they gain your trust, they will ask you for money. They will give various reasons like they can't afford a flight ticket to meet you as their bank account is blocked, or they need money for medical treatment and so on. They might even say that an expensive gift is sent, but it is stuck in customs at the airport. To get it cleared, they will ask you to deposit money.
5. Pushing for a serious relationship too fast
Normally, couples who meet each other on dating apps, take time to build a relationship and fall in love. But, fraudsters try to get close really fast by pretending to be romantic and emotional. They want to build a relationship real fast.
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