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2014 Dating ScamDating scam Dating scammers or love scammers create fake identities on dating apps and social media to coax you into fake online relationships. They often quickly move to personal channels such as phone or email, using your trust to acquire money or personal info, or help you hide their criminal activities. You'll probably never meet them in person. This is a relationship scam. Survey Results

 

RomanceScamsNow.com released their 2014 Dating Scam Survey Results, showing that online dating scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. are thriving and that as many as two thirds of those active in online dating websites have been contacted by a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer., and sending thousands of dollars to these frauds.  

Press Release: PRESS RELEASE 20141024 SURVEY RESULTS

Would you say major dating website are overrun with Romance Scammers?

No – not at all
No – maybe a few Yes – too many Yes – almost all are scammers Yes – dating websites are useless now
0.00% 10.26% 41.03% 33.33% 15.38%

Which do you think has the most Dating ScammersDating scammers Dating scammers or love scammers create fake identities on dating apps and social media to coax you into fake online relationships. They often quickly move to personal channels such as phone or email, using your trust to acquire money or personal info, or help you hide their criminal activities. You'll probably never meet them in person. This is a relationship scam.?

Match.com
Date.com Eharmony.com Badoo.com Other
25.64% 2.56% 0.00% 10.26% 61.54%

Have you ever been touched by a Dating ScammerDating scammer Dating scammers or love scammers create fake identities on dating apps and social media to coax you into fake online relationships. They often quickly move to personal channels such as phone or email, using your trust to acquire money or personal info, or help you hide their criminal activities. You'll probably never meet them in person. This is a relationship scam.?

Yes – Me Personally
Yes – A Friend Yes – A Family Member No Not Sure
76.92% 0.00% 0.00% 12.82% 10.26%

Have you or someone you know sent money to a scammer?

No – never
Less than US$1,000 Between US$1,000 and $2,000 Between US$2,000 and $10,000 More than US$10,000
38.46% 25.64% 10.26% 12.82% 12.82%

Did a Dating Scammer ever ask you for money?

No – never
Yes – for an emergency Yes – for expenses Yes – for legal documents Yes – for travel expenses
15.38% 15.38% 23.08% 12.82% 33.33%

Where are most of the Dating Scammers?

In the Americas
In the Philippines & Asia In Western Africa In Russia & Eastern Europe Other Places
7.69% 5.13% 84.62% 2.56% 0.00%

What is your age range?

Under 30
30 to 40 years 40 to 50 years 50 to 60 years Over 60 years old
12.82% 15.38% 10.26% 46.15% 15.38%

What would you most like to see happen?

Never hear from your sammer again
Have your scammer arrested Get your money back Publicize the scammer Get even
7.69% 43.59% 17.95% 15.38% 15.38%

Will you continue to use online dating websites?

No – I have given up
No – I will try other ways Yes – I still have faith Yes – but it will be hard to trust Not sure
25.64% 2.56% 17.95% 41.03% 12.82%