It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs.Now children are worried about their parents being hoodwinked by the scam artists who haunt online dating sites."I am a bit past age 50 --- well educated lady; (I thought that I was so smart that it couldn't happen to me --- my college education is no match for a professional criminal)," said one of a seemingly endless stream of scam victims who hav...
sentiment), Americans were robbed of $50 million in online dating scams in 2011.
Simplified, each online dater that was scammed lost an average of $8,900 last year.
Out of the hundreds of thousands of cases filed with the , only a small portion of victims went to the authorities.
Some who were scammed felt embarrassed about being duped, while others didn't want to admit using a dating site.
But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.
Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
Instead of women deciding between flats or pumps, many are now choosing between passwords being hacked along with Linkedin passwords, people have to question: Are users really safe using dating sites when it comes to avoiding personal and financial harm?
Whatever else may result from the hack attack, it sent consumers' perceptions about e Harmony into the cellar, as determined by a Consumer Affairs sentiment analysis of about 140,000 social media postings over the last year.e Harmony sentiment seems to have profited from e Harmony's downfall, showing a distinct uptick over the last few weeks, as determined by a Consumer Affairs sentiment analysis of about 110,000 social media postings.
Dating websites are the perfect place for scammers.
While most users are searching for love, Internet scammers are searching for victims.
Consumers use sites like Christian Mingle and , much differently than they use Amazon or i Tunes, for example.