The really worrisome thing, though, is that organized crime syndicates, chiefly in Russia or the Philippines, run many of the latest sweetheart scams.
This enables them to pull together some convincing ploys to fool their targets, for instance, using teams of young female students to make authentic sounding phone calls. In another instance, victims are encouraged to send explicit text or photographs, then either blackmailed or threatened and “fined” by bogus police officers.
Online dating scams have been hitting the headlines with increasing frequency recently, causing not only heartache but a pain in the pocket.
There’s no doubt that online dating has helped many people find friends and life partners.
It can be a great way of finding the right match and discovering compatibility.