Mar 7, The potential dangers of online dating have come into sharp focus to someone else and check social media sites to ensure they really exist. Apr 12, Unlike singles in the '70s, who cruised bars and discos and risked looking for love in all the wrong places, tens of millions of singles each day. May 14, Facebook the domain of choice for scammers, with more people falling Photo: About 30 per cent of dating and romance scam victims said they Ms Rickard said the two most common social media scams reported were.
Australia Social media is emerging as the new hunting ground for scammers to find victims, according to new data out today. The consumer watchdog's annual scam report also identifies a whopping 47 per cent increase in all reports it receives about scams.
It identifies a "sharp increase" in scams taking place through social media sites such as Facebook.
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Ms Rickard said the two most common social media scams reported were dating, romance and fake trader scams. Do you know more about this story?
Fake trader scams are increasing, where victims see advertisements for online stores on social media selling discounted products made by well-known brands. The ACCC says many of these online stores are fake and victims buy goods that do not exist. Sextortion, an emerging scam, also uses social media to gain access to victims.
It is a form of blackmail, with compromising images of the victim used to extort money. Tips to avoid online scams Always consider the possibility that an approach may be a scam Be cautious when sharing pictures or videos with prospective partners Do a reverse image search to check if photos have been stolen or used elsewhere Be alert to things such as spelling and grammar mistakes or inconsistencies in stories Be wary of requests for money Never send money, credit card or online account details to anyone you don't know If you agree to meet a prospective partner tell family and friends where you are going Be careful about how much personal information you share on social networking sites Source: How we transition from stranger to non-stranger relationships is a relatively unexplored strand in research, with little recognition paid to the fact that the internet has completely transformed our level of engagement with strangers.
At the same time other studies are showing how the rate of reporting sexual offences to conviction is low.
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Reasons cited for this were mainly centred on poor processes for recording the crimes and transferring them on to national recording systems. The rate of reporting sexual offences to conviction is low. What is our understanding of how stranger rapes occur? Do we believe this happens within a dark alleyway, involving victims randomly chosen by someone they have never interacted with?
Herein lies the problem: At what point would we say we actually know someone in the online and interconnected society of today? One in three relationships now start online.The Dangers Of Snapchat (Child Predator Experiment)
The vast amount of dating and social networking sites easily accessed through smartphones has resulted in the normalisation of providing personal information to strangers.
Even Snapchat now allows users to share their exact location.
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People are able to see your every move from your home location, work, school or college. They claim that locations can only be shared with your friends list. Given our friendship circles are continually changing and our friends lists are likely to contain people we have never methow practical is this safety feature?