Many lonely people try to find love online but unfortunately this opens them to the risk of being scammed by someone who takes advantage of their loneliness. Moneybags journalist Jessica Wood looks at online dating scams and provides tips on how to protect yourself if you seek love on the web.
In a recent incident, a women from Durban was conned out of almost R700 000 by a man she met online. She was made to believe that it was true love and didn’t hesitate when he asked for money. "The dating scam is an extension of the commonly known 419 scam which is an advance fee fraud," says Glenda Paul, a director of IRS Forensic Investigations.