Due to the increasing number of frauds in various dating apps, 43 per cent of people said that they normally do not trust people on dating apps. According to a study, 27 per cent people were targeted by cybercriminals and 36 per cent who contacted fake users succeeded avoiding accidents.
David Jacoby, a security researcher at Kaspersky said, “Dating online can be perceived as a risky adventure, as at the beginning of the acquaintance, you don’t know anything about each other. However, keeping an eye out for some red flags can help you stay alert and pay attention to your digital match’s behaviour”.
There are various types of issues faced by people in the dating apps. People generally encounter catfishing, fake profiles, leaks of their login credentials and even find that their own identity had been stolen while 'sextortion scams' are common and rising.
Normally, the users became dubious about the whole idea when the fraudster refused to communicate in a video call. Even some fakes asked money through the app. Privacy issues are generally the greatest threat for the users and so some people have permanently deleted the app being concerned about their personal security being compromised.
Social engineering attacks are continuing to increase at a higher rate and so the dating apps are taking various measures to protect their genuine users from being hoaxed.