Protecting yourself online dating

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Cyber-dependent crimes – can only be committed using computers, computer networks or other forms of ICT.

Social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become incredibly popular in recent years.

Thousands of men and women meet online every day and while online dating has expanded the dating universe like never before; a few bad guys fly under the radar and attempt to scam innocent people.

While scams asking for money are more common in online dating, it is important to be aware of other equally important fraudulent practices such as identity theft.

With the prevalence of mobile devices, more than ever, it’s easy for us to share our lives with the world.

And yes, social networks are all about staying in touch with friends and family, and sharing events in your life, but perhaps it’s too easy to share information?

Commander Chris Greany, the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime at City of London Police, said criminals target those who they consider vulnerable and more likely to fall for scams: “Our intelligence tells us that people aged 50-59 are the most likely to become a victim of dating fraud and therefore need to be especially careful when going online in search of a partner.” Follow our tips to discover the danger of online dating and how to protect yourself.

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