When online dating became a thing in 1995, less than one in every five adults even used the Internet. Fast forward 20 years, it is now the most common way that single adults make romantic connections. According to a report published by USA today, one in every three marriages began through online dating sites. Nearly 40% single American adults are currently using an online dating website or app to find a significant other.
With the success and popularity of online dating, unfortunately comes the opportunity for scam artists. Although there is limited data on how often scans are conducted through an online dating service, it is so pervasive that many safe dating sites have warnings that specifically advise users not to give financial information to someone they’ve met online.