Further, the company said that these tips were created with the help of law enforcement and financial exploitation experts. They will start to be displayed to users around the world throughout the month of January via an in-app message in Tinder and Meetic apps, and notifications to users on Match, Hinge, Plenty of Fish, and OurTime.
Citing the example of the US, Match says that according to the Federal Trade Commission, romance scams reported in the country result in higher losses than any other type of scam, with over $300 million USD in reported losses each year since 2020. In 2022, data from the Global Anti-Scam Organisation shows that the average reported loss was over $1,90,000 USD, up from $1,20,000 in 2021.
Tips for users to stay away from scams
Match Group, along with victim advocates and cyber crime investigators, developed a few tips to help users identify and help prevent and report malicious actors – on dating or any online platform.
Stay on the app and do not switch too often
Match says that scammers will attempt to get you on to another platform quickly which can be a common flag for these types of scams. “Stay on the app when getting to know a new connection. If the match wants to move platforms but still DOES NOT want to meet up or video call it is a red flag,” says Match.
Avoid crypto ‘experts’
Match says that if a new love interest is giving you crypto or investment advice, there is a high probability that it’s a scam. Always report these interactions back to the platform where you met.
Stay away from those who want to teach you to make money
According to experts, scammers will use techniques to focus on how a large sum of returns could improve your life or what you could do with this new money. “Be sceptical of anyone who appears to be wealthy and successful and wants to teach you how to invest and make money,” said Match.
Don’t fall for ‘sob’ stories
Scammers often claim they need money for a Visa, customs fees, surgeries, family medical bills, car repairs or plane tickets to visit. If they appear desperate and money is involved, this should be a giant red flag.
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