Safety risks of online dating
Ask any of our members and they’ll tell you this extra focus on safety creates an environment that’s really not like anything they’ve found anywhere else.But it also means we get some extraordinary insights into the sorts of things that scammers, fakes and fraudsters will try to do to get money (or worse) from their intended victims.One last word before I launch into our guidance: it’s worth highlighting that there are, broadly speaking, two different types of risks you face when it comes to online dating: While both types of risks are a concern, when it comes to members of Stitch (i.e.people over 50), the greatest risk BY FAR is the online threat.Never give out any personal information to someone you have only met online.Remember the example I gave earlier about the scammer from Ghana impersonating the executive in Chicago?
Statistics show that seniors are not only more likely to have fallen for an online scam, they are more likely to be targeted, and when they lose money, they lose more than their younger peers.
Not only does one report after another highlight how many people are being duped by scammers every year, but we’ve had many members of Stitch tell us their stories about how they’ve lost money themselves.
My favourite story is that of Maria*, one of our members lost close to ,000 to a scammer from Ghana.
She shared dozens of stories of men and women who had lost far more than she had to sophisticated online scams.
Some victims had ended up in jail, after being unwittingly duped into committing crimes themselves.