Dating Site Scams and Abuse

Dating Site Scams and Abuse Attorney

According to eHarmony.com, there are 40 million Americans using online dating websites.  Because of this, 20% of current, committed relationships begin online  However, because of the sheer amount of people on these sites, there are many dating site scams and abuse.

What are dating scams and abuse?

There are many types of dating site scams and abuse.  We include this category on our revenge porn section because we receive calls on almost a daily basis from people who were scammed on these sites and are then being threatened to have their nude photographs shared online.  While we cover this in our blackmail and extortion section, many scams involve threatening to disclose photographs on websites once they are received in an intimate setting.

Dating Site Scams

According to the FBI, dating scams and abuse cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.  In fact, in 2015, scammer received almost $200 million from victims.

How to avoid dating scams and abuse?

Consumer Reports  has recently run an article where they advice readers on three ways to avoid a dating scam:

  1. Run a search: Copy the images your online correspondent has posted to his or her profile, then run them through a reverse-image search engine

  2. Interrogate the backstory: A little online stalking can go a long way. Type the name of the person you met online into Google or Bing and see what comes up

  3. If you are asked to send money and feel so inclined, run the whole scenario by someone you trust. Choose a friend or someone from your church or community who is less emotionally invested than you are.

 

What to do if you were involved in a dating scams and abuse?

This is a very difficult situation, but we are here to help. We can attempt to unmask the anonymous user and guide you through the process of receiving money back from the websites.  If someone is threatening to share your photographs, we will go to court to try to obtain an injunction to prevent their horrid actions.