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Keeping abreast of such developments, and the adapting nature of such scams is a constant battle, but one our industry must fight head on if we want to move forward, and increase trust in online dating.
Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights.
This is where people are lured into a webcam session with who they think is an attractive woman, after accepting a friend invitation on a social media or dating site.
As they video chat to this woman – who is often a pre-recorded video whose actions can be controlled by the fraudster – their webcam is recorded.
As dating sites and singles have migrated to mobile over the past few years, so too have the dating scammers and fraudsters who leech off the industry.
With the proliferation of apps like Tinder, a whole new pool of potential victims have surfaced, and these sophisticated criminals have acclimatised to this new dating landscape, and adapted their methods in an attempt to entrap these singles.
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There have been thousands of victims of this increasingly common scam, with fraudsters often targeting teens, who are more susceptible to this particular type of fraud.
Pindrop’s Raj Bandyopadhyay and Valerie Bradford said: “When the security of the online channel is improved, fraudsters switch to the phone channel, which has historically been under-protected.