Dating for credit
Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert and consultant for the security company Intelius, has posted fictitious profiles on dating websites for his job and says it's never long before a potential thief is in contact and professing love. They tell me how much they miss me and think about me." Then, says Siciliano, "they are in your home, rifling through your drawers, getting your account information." Dating services efforts Of course, online dating companies strive for customer protection.For instance, Pasadena, Calif.-based dating site e Harmony's publishes safety tips on their home page, in "5 Dating Rules You Should Never Break," including "if a potential date's actions or words set off an internal alarm system, you owe it to yourself to pay attention and act accordingly." Encounter a con?Speak up, says Amy Cananday, public relations manager for Match.com, the Dallas company that pioneered online dating."We encourage our members to never share their credit card information with another member on the site and report suspicious activity immediately." Falzone, though, recognizes that it can take more than caution to stay safe when conversing over the Internet.Their members all go through criminal background checks, but filtering fraud is not guaranteed.
According to Consumer Fraud Reporting.org, as much as 30 percent of online personalities are bogus. Because, says Donna Andersen, of Egg Harbor Township, N.
Within a week, some tragic event happens, and he has no funds to return to the U.
S." Because he has "proven" his wealth with the luxurious presents, he persuades his mark to send cash or credit card numbers so he can buy a plane ticket back home.
Your credit and other financial interests may be at risk if you don't guard yourself from those falsely fishing for companionship.
Here's how to protect more than just your heart when seeking a mate via the Internet.
Don't publish your phone number or birth date, as that information can be used to perpetuate ID theft.