When seeking love online, we put ourselves out there and subsequently make ourselves quite vulnerable.Sometimes, our desire to find our ideal partner outweighs our rational thinking.It has become such a hot topic because so many of us are falling victim to scams, we need to raise awareness and learn how to protect ourselves.Police estimate that Aussies send around million to internet scammers every month!Anyone can fall victim to an internet scam, not just the naive or socially inexperienced.
You may have noticed the Australian media has recently held a spotlight on the issue of internet fraud, specifically, internet dating fraud.
This generally happens to me about once every week or two -- the people are typically faculty or students in Third World countries, or strange motivational speakers and similar types whose pages show they have 3,000 Facebook friends.
The motivational speakers I just ignore, but otherwise I typically send people back a message and ask them about themselves and why they friended me on Facebook.
If you fall for the ploy, you are sent a shortened URL that leads to a site asking for your credit card information to verify your age and begin the cam session.
The landing page invite features a picture of a smiling brunette; if you click to accept the invite you're redirected to a sign-up page requesting your personal information.