MANILA – Social media as well as online dating websites have made it easier for people to find a partner.
But an official of a security software firm reminded the public to be more careful about the people they meet online, warning that they might fall into the hands of scammers.
Sylvia Ng, general manager of Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia, made the statement as Valentine’s Day nears. “One of the many ways would be through the use of Internet dating sites or apps.
“As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, everyone, especially single folks, will be scurrying to find themselves a date with a potential Mr. We would like to arm everyone with knowledge about common romance scams and how to avoid these fraudsters so you can skip the fake romance and seek out true love instead.” Here are some of the common scams to watch out for, according to Kaspersky Lab: 1.
Mutual connection This involves a scammer contacting you via social media and claiming to have a common interest or a mutual connection with you.
Dismiss such conversations and not add that person as a friend, as well as update your privacy settings. Intimate activity This scam is common in a long-distance relationship.
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If someone asks you for your bank details or if they can borrow money, they may be a scammer so we'd strongly recommend that you stop all communications and report the person to our customer care teams. Meet in a Public Place Even if you’ve been chatting for a while, it’s still a wise idea to meet in a public place – within view and hearing distance of other people.
And don’t forget to let a trusted friend know where you’re going and who you’re meeting.
After a courtship period, the scammer will ask you to connect with them via webcam.
The scammer will say his webcam is “broken,” but will convince you to perform intimate acts.