For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
"We've seen a dramatic increase in the attacks on online dating sites and data breaches in general over the last three years," said Alisdair Faulkner, chief products officer for Threat Metrix, a cybersecurity firm that helps authenticate website users.
More cyber criminals are turning to online dating websites to take advantage of individuals searching for that special someone. One in 10 Americans have used an online dating site or application, according to Pew Research.
He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.
Officials at Include Security told CNBC they alerted Tinder to the location vulnerability and that the issue had been fixed in December.
In a statement emailed to CNBC this week, Tinder's co-founder and CEO Sean Rad said after learning about the vulnerability, "Tinder implemented specific measures to enhance location security and further obscure location data," adding, "Our users' privacy and security continue to be our highest priority." Threat Metrix's Faulkner said while location-based social networks and dating sites are all the rage, they pose risks.
The grievance he has may be towards his boss or someone there he was dating or wanted to date but was rejected.
The article notes some risk factors for deviantly violent behavior including divorce, loss of the job, financial woes, being bullied and experiencing child custody…
…e way millennials are viewing their identities, as well as how they view the people and businesses they interact with.