On September 25th the FTC announced a lawsuit against the online dating service Match.com, challenging several of Match’s business practices. One of which has exposed customers to romance scammers.
Free Match.com account holders got notifications to read messages from potential admirers. If they paid to read that message, they probably found a scammer or empty inbox. Although Match blocked some of those suspicious accounts from sending messages to paying subscribers, they didn’t give the same protection to free account users. The FTC says placing people at risk to make more money is an unfair practice.
FTC data show that romance scams are on the rise. But if you are still looking for love online, these are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Do a reverse image search on profile pictures to see if the names are the same
- Don’t send them money. It’s ALWAYS a scam.
- Listen to friends or family if they sound concerned
- Report the scammer