Online Dating Scams

Have you already uploaded some cool picture of yourself on some online dating service? Well, your profile or your photo may be vulnerable to scammers as they may use your image to lure women to some other dating and romance websites.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, identities of about 23,000 Americans consisting of profile, photos are stolen each day and during the year 2006, about 30 million Americans were victims of some type of an internet fraud. A person’s uploaded photograph can be used on nearly 100 websites including Facebook under different email addresses.

The main intention of scammers stealing photographs is to post the same photographs under false names so that they can lure women and/or con you off your money.

Mostly these types of fraudulent activities are committed by people living in the African countries whose major source of income comes from this business. They may hack websites searching for credit card numbers or post false profiles with stolen photographs on sites such as Meetic.com, friendfinder.com, match.com etc.

The question that many victims of image theft ask is: Is there any legal course against such fraudsters? Well, the answer is probably in the negative; however, the photographs need to be encrypted so that they cannot be copied or downloaded, and the good news is that some websites offer this protection facility.

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