Who invented online dating
Shortly after they were sent, the victim received a message from a man claiming to be the father of a minor and who threatened to file charges against him for sending a child an explicit image, unless he sent him two prepaid ‘money cards’ with US0 each.
The victim was informed that it was a hoax after he had contacted the police.
Using techniques similar to other fraudsters, this criminal knew his victims through dating apps like Tinder or Meetic, he gained their trust to the point that his victims sent him money after he fed them stories of bogus problems relating to his ‘family’.
Recently, in Canada, the story of a senior who spent his life savings and then borrowed against his house as a result of a “romantic scam” came to light.
In the 1960s, a computer dating service called Operation Match appeared to take the world by storm.
It began by matching up students at Harvard, and then quickly moved on to advertising and selling its services nationwide—much like Ok Cupid and Facebook (which began life as Facemash, a Hot or Not knockoff) did decades later.
In the United Kingdom, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) stated that in 2017, on average, every three hours a case of fraud related to online dating was reported, while more recent figures from Action Fraud revealed that in all of 2018 more than 4,500 complaints of online romance fraud were filed and it estimated that 63% of the victims were women, the BBC reported.
these are the experiences that define contemporary computer dating.
Another type of common deception is sextortion, which usually begins as a normal relationship between two people who begin to know each other until the scammer tries to take the conversation off the dating platform, such as, for example, to Whats App.