How To Avoid Online Dating Scams – Trading U
Online dating allows people to meet others with similar backgrounds, goals, and interests. Sadly, romance scammers abound, making it difficult for those interested in finding a real, true relationship.
Over the past decade, online dating has become very popular in the United States. In a recent survey, 1-in-3 Americans say they use one or more dating site to try and find their true love.
Online dating’s major draw is also its biggest flaw: you don’t know the true identity of the person on the other side of the conversation. Romance scams are among the most common form of internet fraud with the most losses reported. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported a loss of over $33 million. In the past five years, the number has skyrocketed to a jaw-dropping $201 million lost to online dating scams. It’s not only internet fraud that you need to think about, but there is also the chance of physical harm. Dating app crime is a very real thing.
Reported statistics have changed dramatically in the past five years. The following shows a snapshot of the people using online dating sites.
32% of men reported using dating sites while 28% of women have used the sites or apps.
There is no reportable difference among races.
Percentages of people that have used online dating sites:
- 48% of adults 18 to 29 years-old
- 38% of adults ages 30 to 49
- 16% of adults