Signs of online dating scammers
Oppressive governments, hateful organizations or individuals could embed cookies or tracking technology to geo-locate visitors to sites that meet a certain profile.Scam artists can set up fake accounts through which to operate.Watermarks, ultra-high quality or overly staged photos (look like a model or a porn star, duh? Black hats can purchase bundles of pictures or even download them directly from Facebook using an image scraper, which makes detection all that much harder, but here’s a trick.
Malware and/or hackers could target traffic coming to or leaving a known dating site in order to intercept vital information.They do this by asking lots of questions and playing the understanding and interested female, slowly building trust within the relationship.The answers are used to help create the ideal fake woman, once the target starts to fall in love the next phase of the scam can start, the “cashing out” phase.This goes on until the target is begging to give money and then, after a few small amounts are given, a much larger amount is asked for.Anyone can fall prey to catfishing scams but there is a preferred demographic: men 40 to 60 years old, who work in tech or financial services, single, possibly living with their parents, have limited conversational skills and are shy/socially awkward.
Black hats could target traffic for the purposes of spreading malware and/or viruses.