Romance scams are a long form of social engineering.
The scammer can take weeks building an interesting backstory that draws their victim in, but they often express strong emotional feelings in a short period of time, which keeps the victim psychologically engaged.
Often they portray their fictional selves as living overseas or on active duty in the military.
Most victims say they are embarrassed to admit what happened, and they fear that revealing it will bring derision from their family and friends, who will question their judgment and even their ability to handle their own financial affairs."It makes me sound so stupid, but he would be calling me in the evening and at night. We had plans to go to the Bahamas and to Bermuda together," says Louise Brown.
In fact, there’s even a previous research that triangulated people’s exact positions in real time based on their phone’s dating apps.
Lonely hearts still waiting for their soulmate are easy prey for online dating scams.
The kind (and amount) of information divulged—about the users themselves, the places they work, visit or live—are not only useful for people looking for a date, but also to attackers who leverage this information to gain a foothold into your organization.
To bear out the risks, we delved into various online dating networks, which initially included Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Jdate, OKCupid, Grindr, Coffee meets Bagel, and Love Struck.