Sign up for AARP's monthly Lifestyle newsletter for entertainment news, healthy living tips and more. A Pew Research Center study revealed that nearly 60 percent of U. But seeking romantic bliss online can have a major downside: Cyberspace is full of scammers eager to take advantage of lonely hearts. The con works something like this: You post a dating profile and up pops a promising match — good-looking, smart, funny and personable.
What You Need to Know About Romance Scams
Fake profiles and stolen photos: Stories of online dating scams
The photo came from someone who could not believe it. It was proof, he thought. The photo showed he loved her, and she loved him. Nia Bluitt looked at the picture.
Beware of romance scams and fake online dating profiles this Valentine's Day
Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly.
The embrace of online dating services, such as dating apps or virtual places to meet people, is a phenomenon that has occurred worldwide. There are dozens of dating apps available; some operate globally, while others only work in some countries that have greater acceptance of them. But without a doubt, two of the most popular applications among the extensive great offerings that exist are Tinder and Happn , which claim more than 50 million users each.