According to Kaspersky’s statement, millions of people use online dating apps or social networking sites to find a partner. However, during this time, many people may encounter scammers who try to scam them for money instead of finding the love they are looking for. Scammers’ interest in dating services stems from the fact that people on these platforms know they’re looking for a personal connection and want to take advantage of it.

THE PROPORTION OF THOSE WHO TREAT LIKE ANY OTHER

Of all the different problems encountered with dating apps, users encountered the most with faking being someone else 51 percent, malicious links or attachments 21 percent, and identity theft 17 percent. Users in Turkey, on the other hand, state that they encounter people pretending to be someone else, with the highest rate of 53 percent.

Of those who managed to evade the attack in such applications, 50 percent were able to detect the scammer with a suspicious profile that looked fake. Those who were attacked were extremely cautious during this time, with 49 percent never sending money to potential flirts, and 47 percent paying attention to suspicious messages. Almost one-fifth (21 percent) of those surveyed found it suspicious when the scammer refused to make a video call.

PERSONAL DATA CONCERN

According to the statement, the lack of privacy is also a serious problem for dating apps. 26 percent of respondents are concerned that their personal data will be circulated online. Also, 19 percent of users deleted dating services because they wanted to make their personal information more private.

38 percent are afraid to use

Especially, 38 percent of the respondents are afraid of using these applications because they are worried about being deceived by fraudsters. In Turkey, this rate was 29 percent. Also, 34 percent of people generally don’t trust people on dating apps. However, only 15 percent of those surveyed were targeted by cybercriminals, and 31 percent who contacted the scammers managed to evade the attack.

IMPORTANT WARNING

“Online dating can be perceived as a risky adventure because you don’t know anything about each other at the start of dating. However, paying attention to certain signs can help you stay alert and pay attention to your digital partner’s behavior. The first or the last date of online dating can be considered a risky adventure,” said David Jacoby, Kaspersky Security Researcher. If they ask you for money or personal information on their second day, consider whether it’s safe to continue communicating. Additionally, security measures can be a helpful way to keep your online dating experience safe and enjoyable.” used his statements.

To help avoid scammers when dating online, we recommend:

“Double check your privacy setting on your social media accounts and dating apps to make sure sensitive information like your home address or workplace isn’t made public.
You can reduce the risk of doxing by doing a small check. Do your own Google search. Imagine trying to find information about you, what might be of use to you. You are likely to be surprised by the data you find. Use an effective security solution that offers advanced protection across multiple devices. Do not share your phone number or messaging app link. It’s safer to use the dating app’s built-in messaging platforms, and it’s wise to stay on that platform until you’re sure you can trust the person you’re chatting with.”

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