The services claim to offer legitimate hookups, but they are either severely underpopulated or awash with scammers and bots.
Tip: Look out for sign-up questionnaires that are light on personal details but heavy on financial info.
Be suspicious if something seems “off” about the tone or pacing.
Last year, Russian police arrested two men from Smolensk who pretended to be young, attractive girls stealing the hearts of men in Moscow and then threatening and tricking them into sending large sums of money.
The criminals were found to have taken roughly 1 million Russian rubles (about US $16,500) with this scheme.
Also, update your privacy settings to share your photos and posts only with people you really know.
Shame continues to be a reliable way to extort money.
Also, there are other kinds of fraud — for example, accounts created by website employees to create the impression of more women being registered on the site than there actually are.