Valentine’s Day is coming, BEWARE of love scams! Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid – How To Use Safely
Valentine’s Day is coming and if you use dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, BEWARE! Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to romance scams.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Excitement is in the air, but don’t let it get to your head! The dangers lurk in the form of Valentine’s Day romance scams on online dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid and others. In fact, there is a huge increase in romance scams during Valentine’s Day week. Obviously, most people use online dating sites like Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to find love. Unfortunately, because of cybercriminals, many people end up falling victim to online romance scams. These scams usually start with a quick online relationship and end with an online financial crime. Here’s how it works.
Scammers usually create a fake identity and try to be friends with you. As the relationship develops, the scammer tries to ask for money by subterfuge. The pretext may be that the person has encountered unforeseen difficulties and needs financial assistance from you.
Cybersecurity firm Bull Guard has called these love-loving fraudsters “dead-eyed sharks” who exploit the emotional needs and caring qualities of others. The easy way to know if the person is on the dating site to start a relationship or get money from you is to try to be constantly on the lookout! Always beware! If someone is trying to ask for personal information or money, then it’s probably time to sit down and leave the relationship. To make sure you don’t fall for the trap, we’ve listed some tips here when using dating sites in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day tips to avoid a romance scam
- Online romance scammers will go to great lengths to gain victims’ trust, including offering gifts such as flowers, wine, chocolates, etc.
- Scammers usually want a lot of personal information but provide very little information about themselves, so if someone is doing this beware of them.
- They want to quickly leave the dating site or app, so they can contact you via private messaging, email, or text. Never share your home numbers, email addresses, or social media credentials unless you develop complete trust with the person.
- Fraudsters try to schedule a meeting, but then find excuses to meet at the last moment. If they try to do that, that’s another red flag for you.
- Never share your secret details, including your bank details. Whatever story the scammers tell, you should avoid any online transactions. Even if they’ve met you once or twice, it’s possible this is an attempt to build trust.