How To Stay Clear of E-Dating Scammers

Among platforms such as Tinder, Bumble, Plenty of Fish, and more, almost 35 million Americans have taken online dating for a spin. With only dating being up 44% since 2005, 59% say it’s a great way to meet new people. For your personal information, 35% of online daters are women, and 65% are men. Even more interesting, 90% of users are under years old, and 75% are under 30 years old. However, this is not to imply Americans of higher age don’t turn to online dating. 

Although being the minority in the online dating pool, 10% – or 1 in 10 – of online dating are over 55. While success in online dating can be achieved universally, regardless of your demographic, people over 70 years old have a higher risk of being frauded online. On the contrary, being younger than 70 does not eliminate you from being a target to scammers – it just lowers your chances.

In 2019, the FBI indicted 80 people for stealing $45 million through a network of schemes targeting users of online dating services. In the previous year, the median reported loss from romance scams was $2,600. Romance-related scams are the most expensive form of online fraud. Read below for tips on protecting yourself from scammers when navigating the Internet for love.

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Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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