“With the popularity of online dating services on the rise in Australia, Valentine’s Day has become more appealing for scammers looking to cash in on people searching for that special someone.” “While many do find love online, those who are victims of fake scams and false identities are often left with financial damage and emotional distress,” added Dempsey.The majority of online daters (51 percent) lie by exaggerating or misrepresenting their online dating profiles – usually the touch up of a photo or some dramatic change in their profile information, to make them appear more appealing.The term 'online fraud' refers to any type of fraud scheme that uses email, web sites, chat rooms or message boards to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.Online fraud is the jurisdiction of the state or territory police if the victim is a not a Commonwealth Government department or a Commonwealth Authority.This can be for financial gain, or can be done through boredom or cruelty.Either way it can be devastating for victims who have their emotions toyed with.
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Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 14 February, 2017 – Nearly 70 percent of Australian online daters have had a negative online dating experience and put their safety and personal information at risk, according to new research from Norton by Symantec.
The Norton Online Dating Survey reveals that while more than one in four people who try online dating successfully meet someone as a result, many online daters had been the targets of scams and fake identities with scammers using online dating as a way to trick people into handing over money or entering a false relationship.