The most recent scam affecting online daters around the world involves the use of fake background checking websites created by criminals.
Fake profiles created by criminals are contacting victims on dating sites and requesting individuals to obtain “Dating ID’s”, “hookup clearance”, “security clearances” or “criminal background checks” prior to meeting or engaging in online based activities.
After all, you know if someone has taken the time to verify their identity the person you are meeting is real, their photo is real and they are using their The Internet offers a significant degree of anonymity but the problem with this is it often leaves people feeling vulnerable to fraudulent transactions and people who are nameless and faceless.
You can minimize the risks from online dating ads by using verification of ID.
Some were even told that once the payment was made, the information would be removed within an hour and the website would not allow anyone to post anything pertaining to the victims’ names again.
However, reports do not indicate that the information was ever removed.
Victims were also given the option to have their names and conversations removed for .
NEVER, EVER send copies to your Date any of your personal documentation such as drivers licences, passports etc.
UPDATE: The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) have recently distributed the following press release: The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain.
Later, victims received text messages, either containing their names, asking if it was them or containing a statement that indicated their names were posted on a particular website.
The victims were provided a link to a page on the website that claimed they were a “cheater.” Photos of the victims and their telephone numbers were also posted.
Example of a scammer requesting a background check: “Its me [insert scammers name here] thanks for the message but, Can you get a verification id first hunnie so I would know that your not a stalker so we could exchange phone numbers?