Extortion online dating

19 Jan

This means they can be tempted to share more information than is sensible or safe, or to act in ways they may not do normally.

You can help protect yourself and/or your children by learning how these sites work and talking them through some basic advice: Location Mapping As social media apps become ever more sophisticated and popular, especially with young people, it is important that parents and guardians are aware of the 'location mapping' feature which is now a key feature in a number of popular social media apps.

It was easy to virtually ‘drive’ down the road she grew up on. I said I was in banking, so I followed the financial sites and when she’d ask ‘have you had a good day?

I told her I used to go there with my mum and could describe what some of the buildings looked like. ’ I could say yes or no depending on what was happening in the markets. After a while, I could tell she was falling for me.

Recent numbers from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau suggest that dating scams reached a record high in 2016.

Some 3,889 online dating-related fraud incidents were reported, resulting in a record loss of £39m.

If something goes wrong, you might feel too ashamed or embarrassed to act, but you must. It’s not just the financial loss, it’s also the emotional turmoil. The process varies between websites, for instance has a ‘Report this profile’ option.

The anonymity of the internet allows people to hide facets of their personality, from a relatively harmless lie about weight, to lies about financial problems and even creating a fake persona – this is called catfishing.

If you aren’t careful, you may be out of pocket and broken-hearted.

While they may think only their friends can see this information, it can be inadvertently shared and expose youngsters to people who wish them harm.

"If, as an adult, you don't use these apps, encourage your children to explain them to you - show an interest in what they are using, ask questions, and learn from them.