These scams are banking on the potential that the recipient has an online dating account in order to bait them into replying to an offsite message.
This particular email scam suggests that the recipient email them directly so they can get to know each other, which is simply a tactic used in order to bypass spam filters.
Here is one of the messages we came across: As you can see, this particular message is written poorly which should always raise a red flag, and if the recipient takes action and replies, the scammer’s sob story quickly follows in hopes to earn the trust of the victim.
If you’re being spammed or solicited by someone you’ve met through an online dating service, cease contact with that person and report their behavior as inappropriate.
Meeting people online has never been easier, unfortunately for some people, falling for that perfect connection may not be the only thing they are falling for these days.
Online dating scams are quickly becoming a likely possibility due to the giant audience attracted to online dating sites.
Spam is digital junk mail, comprising emails that you didn’t want or ask to receive, such as adverts for online chemists and dating sites.
[Read more: BT Web Protect Switch on your free protection agains security threats, phising scams and infections] The Oxford Dictionary definition of spam is: “Irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.” Sometimes details are added to a mailing list that might then be sold to scammers, although most reputable companies don’t sell their marketing lists.