Victims are directed by the criminals to obtain these background checks via an official looking website containing stolen logos from government authorities and official brokers.
In most cases the victim will be requested to pay approximately 0 – 0 to obtain a certificate which claims to issued by local authorities.
We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.
Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.
Example of a scammer requesting a background check: “Its me [insert scammers name here] thanks for the message but, Can you get a verification id first hunnie so I would know that your not a stalker so we could exchange phone numbers?
just go here copy and paste this [insert link to scammers website] You will only get a verification id there and not join ok? on the first page fill out all the required info then click GET FREE ACCESS..
The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network.
Shortly after, the conversations became sexual in nature.Even today, online dating is not universally seen as a positive activity—a significant minority of the public views online dating skeptically.At the same time, public attitudes towards online dating have grown more positive in the last eight years: Additionally, 32% of internet users agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” This is the first time we have asked this question.Yet even some online daters view the process itself and the individuals they encounter on these sites somewhat negatively.Around one in ten online daters (13%) agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate,” and 29% agree that online dating “keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” Familiarity with online dating through usage by friends or family members has increased dramatically since our last survey of online dating in 2005.Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.