Her fondness to Randall's woven identity grew stronger, eventually pushing her to send him over 0K in the course of two years, despite the fact that they've never met.
In the end, , who claims to be in Ghana, turned out to be what's known as a "catfish".
In , our researchers painted a picture of a foreseeable future where attack tactics heavily rely on mastering the psychology of an attack rather than focusing on its technical merits. An unknowing victim may be lured into an engaging conversation with a character that was specifically developed to match the target's likes and interests.
Once the bait is taken, the conversations will move into a particular networking site where the illusion of growing intimacy is formed. The victims will be sent a link to a website where they'll discover that their conversations, contact information, and photos have been posted, and that they've been flagged as "cheaters".
Hidden costs, fake diamonds, or dead flowers barely scratch the surface of V-Day scams that prey on users.
Online crooks take advantage of seasonal events like this to stage phishing attacks.
With just a few days left before Valentine’s Day, here are some of the most common online scams that use romance as a hook.
Unfortunately, they're also used as effective hooks for different scams.
Last year, we outlined a list that corralled a number of the most common love scams that successfully toyed not just with online users’ hearts but also their money—likening it to Neil Gaiman’s notion of love and how it makes anyone vulnerable.
The immense popularity of the dating app, Tinder, has brought not just the rise of fake profiles and stolen identities but a channel for bots that push links for a mobile game to their contacts.
For a 21-year-old junior at the University of North Carolina, a story about a Tinder profile that had her face under a different name sounded more funny than alarming.
The victims are then urged—essentially, "blackmailed"—to pay to take down the damaging information.