Online dating scam victims report loss of Rs 7,966 in India: Norton

Online dating and romance scam victims report loss of Rs 7,966 on average in India and 66 percent of Indian adults have fallen victim to an online dating / romance scam, cyber-security company Norton said.
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76 percent of adults in India who used a dating app say they have cut their interaction short by unmatching or declining a date with someone on a dating app after uncovering unsettling information about them.

Common reasons for doing so include finding pictures of them online that were disturbing (32 percent), finding out the person lied about their personal details (25 percent), finding pictures of them online that did not align with their dating profile pictures (24 percent), finding social media posts that were disturbing (24 percent), or because they found the person’s job title (20 percent).

The findings revealed that 79 percent of Indian adults who have used a dating website/app admit to taking some kind of action after matching with a potential partner online, including looking up their social media profiles, looking up their profile on a professional networking site, looking up their friends or family on social media, typing their name into a search engine or paying to run a background check on them.

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