Beware of Romance Frauds for Valentines Day 2022

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Whether you are a single, engaged or a person already in relationship, love is in the air and the big day to celebrate is arriving on this coming Monday i.e. February 14th,2022 that is the Valentines Day.

But security experts and those who already fell prey to cyber frauds are warning the online users about a new fraud dubbed ‘romance fraud’ having the potential to ruin the entire love day.

Romance Frauds are nothing but people falling prey to criminals who first pretend to be in deep love with a victim and then somehow coax the victim to send money, after which they vanish without a trace.

The request for money or the bank credentials is such that the language is emotionally persuading, manipulating and sometimes alluringly exploitative, never giving a chance to the victim the sniff of the activity that is going behind.

Therefore, all you men and women out of their seeking a partner for this Valentines day, you better be aware of such money minting frauds that are mostly taking place in UK and US along with some falling prey to the fraudsters from France as well.

According to a survey conducted by taking the confidence of some online daters, one in two online users have fallen prey to such dating site or app frauds. And the most common reason given to ask for money is medical emergency because of COVID-19 infection, travel costs to meet in person and making an investment for the better future of the about to become lovers/ spouses.

Thence, Katy Worobec, heading an anti fraud campaign in UK advises users not to fall prey to money scams at first sight this valentines day and is also urging online daters not to divulge their email passwords or the login of their e-wallets as it can lead to the money drain from the accounts on a permanent note.

Be aware that such scammers are always lurking as fake users on gaming platforms, social media sites and on the dating sites taking conversations to a romantic level to trap victims thereafter.

UK Finance report states that the year 2021 witnessed £15 million romance scam frauds during the time of the whole valentines season and so the Online Dating Association of UK is urging users to come out into public and report- if at all they fall prey to such scams during this love season.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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