Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Social Media

TikTok Warns Users to be Wary of Romance Scams Ahead of Valentine’s Day

001f57d43a43b0c84879480d96b24b36


With Valentine’s Day coming up next week (2/14), TikTok has issued a warning to its users to be wary of romance scams, where fraudsters target vulnerable singles, most commonly via social and dating apps.

As explained by TikTok:

“In 2020, losses from romance scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) topped $304 million, climbing 50% from 2019. As a continuation of our efforts to encourage people to #BeCyberSmart alongside fraud awareness champions – including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)About-FraudThe KnobleWiser – Free Security Training, and Frank on Fraud – we admire TikTok creators for helping to shine a spotlight on the cruel intentions of so-called suitors that have long-plagued dating apps or other online forums.

Romance scams are in the spotlight right now due to the recently released Netflix documentary ‘The Tinder Swindler’, which looks at the story of scammer Simon Leviev and his complex schemes designed to steal money from various women.

If you need a reminder of the risks, it’s worth checking out (note: Leviev is also, reportedly, active on TikTok).

For TikTok specifically, the platform has shared these tips:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
  • Take it slowly – TikTok says that swindlers are quick to profess their affection, and will look to take conversations off apps. “A best practice is to vet your new heartthrob by asking questions, and pay attention to inconsistencies that may reveal your crush as an impostor”.
  • Keep your funds (and personal information) to yourself This feels obvious, but can be less front of mind when you’re in the throes of passion. “If you’ve never met in person, don’t send or exchange money via gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency, and don’t share personal details like bank account, home address, or other sensitive information”.
  • Don’t play games – TikTok advises that users should use Google Images to conduct a reverse image search of someone’s profile photo. “If results show the same photo on another site but with a different name attached, a scammer may have stolen it”. TikTok also suggests that users copy and paste the text from suspicious emails and messages into a search engine to see if others have received the same.

Finally, TikTok advises that if something feels off, users should cut off all contact immediately.

“Fraud, scams, and bad business practices can also be reported to the Federal Trade Commission, FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), and IRS Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft in the US, along with Action Fraud in the UK. If you encounter suspicious activity in-app, report it to TikTok’s Safety Center, and follow @TikTokTips for more ways to #BeCyberSmart.”

TikTok safety tools

All scams are terrible, and have potential to cause significant harm, but those that target vulnerable people are even worse, and single people looking for a partner are often in a very vulnerable state, especially around Valentine’s Day when they’re being reminded of that lingering desire repeatedly.

Given this, it’s worth taking an extra moment of pause in such situations and considering these elements.

In addition to this, TikTok has also published a new one-sheeter on its various privacy and protection tools as part of its safer use initiatives.

TikTok safety tools

It’s worth taking all of these measures into account, and considering the impacts of your online interactions in all apps.





Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Latest

Technology

Did you miss a session from GamesBeat Summit 2022? All sessions are available to stream now. Watch now. World War II was, and still...

Loan And Finance

Authored by Aviva There were a number of changes to the Highway Code published earlier this year which we highlighted in this article and visual guide. These...

Online Business Success

Kenny Kane is the Chief Operating Officer at Firmspace. getty Shared office spaces aren’t a fad; they’re the future. Just look at some recent...

Online Business Success

By David Henzel, co-founder of How We Solve—an umbrella company for services and tools that help you solve your startup’s growing pains. getty Being...

Top Stories

The fall of Terra (LUNA) shook the entire crypto market. However, the project has no plans to stay down as the project secured backing...

Technology

We’re currently in the process of testing the Ryzen 7 5800X3D on various first generation AM4 motherboards (coming soon), which prompted me to go...

Advertisement

You May Also Like

Uncategorized

Introductions get a lot of attention. I’ve explored the topic of how to write them even though as a reader, I always skip them....

SEO Guide

There are all kinds of pictures of the world on the internet, but to find one of these specific pictures that you want to...

Online Business Success

The internet is now our nervous system. We are constantly streaming and buying and watching and liking, our brains locked into the global information...

Online Business Success

You can think of link building in many ways. I like to call it tedious, painful, and a test of patience. It’s also necessary...

Advertisement