Black hats could target traffic for the purposes of spreading malware and/or viruses.
If that sounds like it might be you then heads up, all those half naked hotties blowing up your inbox are fake and out to get you.
Another way to spot fake profiles is the set of pictures that are posted.
What happens next is a charge to the credit card for membership to a XXX streaming webcam for $140 per month.
The most successful dating site scams are worked by real people who use fake profiles and take their time to build comprehensive profiles of their target.
With that in mind it is easy to imagine at least a few of the risks inherent to this type of website: there is the chance of losing control of your personal information as well as the chance of personal physical injury, theft or worse.
Malware and/or hackers could target traffic coming to or leaving a known dating site in order to intercept vital information.
Not only do you have to input a vast amount of personal and personally identifiable information in order to use them in most cases, at one point or another, you will have to give up some credit or bank card information as well.
If you actually do hook up with someone you will eventually give up quite a bit of identifiable information and may even come into close physical contact.
This goes on until the target is begging to give money and then, after a few small amounts are given, a much larger amount is asked for.
Anyone can fall prey to catfishing scams but there is a preferred demographic: men 40 to 60 years old, who work in tech or financial services, single, possibly living with their parents, have limited conversational skills and are shy/socially awkward.
When logging onto one of the dozens of dating and hook-up sites on the Internet what becomes quickly evident is that many, if not most, of the users on the sites are fake.