Dating sites artists
Symantec reported as recently as summer 2016 there were a minimum of 13 fake or cloned sites perpetrating the same dating site scams; fake verification.
Traffic could be diverted to clone websites where users willingly download malware to their computers. It’s not something you think about when visiting a dating site like Tinder, or EHarmony but these are some of the most dangerous sites for a web surfer to visit.Online dating site scams become more and more common.When logging onto one of the dozens of dating and hook-up sites on the Internet what becomes quickly evident is that many, if not most, of the users on the sites are fake.Scam artists use sophisticated software, called a “robot” or “bot”, to create and operate profiles for the purposes of luring real users to give up their info.They use simple language to initiate conversation and then, once rapport is established, they ask if the user is “verified”.
If not, a handy link to a “verification” site takes you to a page where, with a registration and credit card number, you can get verified.
To find one all you have to do is create an account and log in, the fake contact requests and private messages will start flooding in and, in some cases, you may even have to upgrade your account to a paid premium service in order to read them.
If you’re not sure someone is fake here’s a hint, the messages contain only the simplest and most general types of sentences that could be interpreted in a dozen ways, and get repeated over and over again from message to message.
With that in mind it is easy to imagine at least a few of the risks inherent to this type of website: there is the chance of losing control of your personal information as well as the chance of personal physical injury, theft or worse.
Malware and/or hackers could target traffic coming to or leaving a known dating site in order to intercept vital information.
The dating site itself could become the target of attack, a breach could lead to the loss of identifying and/or embarrassing information.