Match.com is the leading online dating site with over 20 Million members and serving 25 countries and languages. Many members are using the site not just to find love in their local area, but also abroad, finding romantic relationships with international members. In addition to Match.com, there is eHarmony, Facebook and countless other ways to connect and meet people online. Starting relationships online is a great way to connect, and can be fun and rewarding. This trend also has new risks, however, as investigators and law enforcement agencies such as the FBI report a significant rise in online dating scams, romance scams, identity theft, and other types of fraud from online dating.
For relationships begun online, it's important to know that no site is immune from fraud. Match.com and other match-making sites have no effective way to screen or verify all users, so be aware that there are criminals mixed in with the honest members, and these criminals are actively looking for victims. Their objective is to gain your trust, win your love, and then steal your money or your identity. And, they are quite good at what they do. Experts advise never to reveal your personal information online to anyone not known personally. Keep your credit card information, address and date of birth private. Take your time and be skeptical of any request for money, such as emergencies, etc. If the relationship is progressing, or if you suspect scam, private investigators say the only way to truly verify the subject is via a real international background check company or firm.
The FBI and Wymoo® International reported in a recent NBC dating scams report that online dating scams are a growing and serious problem, and both are receiving more reports of people being scammed. Fox News ran a similar online dating scams report, highlighting the problem with romance scams on sites such as Match.com. Fox News also applauded Wymoo's efforts on investigating these types of cases, and for their work on preventing scams and fraud. Because criminals are experts at gaining victims' trust, experts say a professional international private investigator is often required to minimize the risk. If a person lives or works in another country, it can be very difficult to know who you are dealing with, and investigators say it is better to be safe than sorry. Experts say to think of a background check as a prudent insurance policy when dating online.
1) Be skeptical of anyone who falls in love over night.
2) Requests for financial assistance is a red flag.
3) Be skeptical of model like photos and "too good to be true."
4) Never share your DOB, address or credit card data.
5) If there is real potential , get a background check.
Online dating and finding love and new friends via the internet is here to stay. Subscribers should proceed with caution, understand the risk, and get a background check when necessary.All the Best,
© 2011 S. Birch