|Massive Phishing Scam for Dating Websites
By: Jessica Cherok
It’s time to start being even more wary in your online dating. According to Netcraft, users of several of the most popular online dating sites have begun to receive phishing emails from scammers.
Users from eHarmony, Christian Mingle, Match, and Zooks have been receiving emails attempting to gain their log-in information. The emails sent are trying to befriend users and ultimately have them turn over cash. Netcraft called the number of attacks “massive,” noting that more than 100 hacked sites were involved in the attack on Match.com alone.
The emails attempt to trick dating site users into communicating and becoming friendly with the phishers. Once friendship is established, the scammer will ask for money for a personal or family illness.
This type of scam can be quite prosperous. In 2012, a mother and daughter were charged with stealing $1.2 million from people they met online on dating sites. The 374 victims were in 40 countries. The pair received a total of 27 years in jail.
As always, users should be extremely cautious with whom they give their log-in credentials to. If there is any doubt in the authenticity of the email or information, err on the side of caution and contact the website in question.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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