Dating apps are a common way to meet people these days. It might seem like harmless fun, but it can turn into a dangerous situation very quickly. Tap or click here to see why dating apps are a hotbed for human trafficking.
Human trafficking isn’t the only dark side of online dating. There are also tons of scammers trolling dating apps looking for their next victim to rip off.
The FBI is warning about a new trend with dating apps that recently cost victims millions of dollars. Read on to find out what’s happening and how to avoid becoming the next victim.
Here’s the backstory
Do you think that you would be savvy enough to spot a potential scam? According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), over 1,800 reports have been filed related to romance scams resulting in losses of approximately $133,400,000. And that is only for the first half of 2021.
The FBI explains that scammers will make contact through popular online dating apps. After gaining the victim’s trust, they will divulge “cryptocurrency investment or trading opportunities that will result in substantial profits.” That should always be the first sign of a scam.
But many are duped and invest a small amount of money at first. The scammer is obviously in complete control and will tell the victim that they made some profit. The…