The most recent scam affecting online daters around the world involves the use of fake background checking websites created by criminals.

Fake profiles created by criminals are contacting victims on dating sites and requesting individuals to obtain “Dating ID’s”, “hookup clearance”, “security clearances” or “criminal background checks” prior to meeting or engaging in online based activities.

Some dating sites will let you post your profile for free, but have to pay extra to actually send messages. Online dating is a seller’s market when it comes to women; they’re going to have , especially if there’s a suggestion that she’s looking for sex.

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If the owner of the profile hasn’t logged in within two weeks, the odds are good that you’re looking at a zombie profile.

Don’t bother hoping that they’ll notice the “You have a new message!

The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network.

Shortly after, the conversations became sexual in nature.

Victims are directed by the criminals to obtain these background checks via an official looking website containing stolen logos from government authorities and official brokers.

In most cases the victim will be requested to pay approximately 0 – 0 to obtain a certificate which claims to issued by local authorities.

Once money has been sent to the criminals, they will delete the fake profiles and cease all form of communication.

Anyone who receives a similar type request from their online Date or believes they are a victim of this crime should report this matter to their local authorities.

Of course, there’s nothing quite so frustrating when you put all of that effort into your profile and start sending out all of those messages… In fact, that’s the reason why so many men quit online dating entirely; who wants to expend all of that emotional energy only to get kicked in the metaphorical nuts by that empty inbox every time you log in? Well, to mangle an old saying: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times means you’re doing something wrong. It looks for all the world like a normal account, but the person who owns it hasn’t logged on in over three months… Sending messages, winks, pokes, flowers or other signs of interest is the digital equivalent to ringing the doorbell of an abandoned house. Zombie profiles litter their account – something that many dating sites make as difficult as possible in order to artificially inflate their numbers.