The allure of finding the perfect match can make even the most jaded professional jump at a chance to connect.Users may lower their defenses as they get to know a potential match through a dating site’s chat feature.Unfortunately, before you find your prince (or princess), you have to eliminate the frogs."Romance" scammers, sometimes referred to as "sweetheart" scammers take advantage of vulnerable people, especially divorced women over 40, by posing as an eligible romantic prospect. Scammers may use a fake name or steal the identity of a real person.It's been said that hackers will exploit any possible entry point for gain, and this includes the heart.
Romance scams are a long form of social engineering.
Cybercriminals know how to exploit the emotional investment associated with these services.
This enables them to push unsuspecting users toward malicious sites and apps that spread malware or seek personal information through social engineering ploys.
And of course in the 1960s, Frank Abagnale, subject of the movie , made a living faking identities and passing bad checks.
While technology has made some kinds of fraud more difficult to commit, it's created all sorts of new opportunities for adaptable fraudsters.
There is often more than one person perpetuating the scam - there have been reports of a room full of people working from the same script.