Dating or romance fraud is when you think you’ve met your perfect partner online, but they aren’t who they say they are.
Once they’ve gained your trust, they ask for money for a variety of emotive reasons.
You register with an internet-based dating agency or join an online dating chat room.
They may be from overseas, or they might tell you they are in the same country as you.
Gradually, you develop a long-distance relationship through emails, instant messaging, texting and phone calls.
As the relationship develops, your exchanges become more intimate.
The person you have fallen for will probably send you their photograph and give you a pet name.
Advertised as “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments” in the Apple Store, this anonymous app by Ambient is much like Yik Yak and Whisper. Learn more about After School in this Safe Smart Social video.
is a social network where members interact by inviting others to ask anonymous questions.
has a Safety Center to “empower users with the information, guidance and tools they need to navigate safely and enjoy the service.” Watch this Safe Smart Social video to learn more.
An i OS app that is used if you don’t want anyone to know that you downloaded a privacy app.
They may also ask you for naked photos of yourself and/or ask you to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam, particularly if you are female.
The person you’ve developed a relationship with is not who they say they are.
In fact, you have probably been in contact with several members of a criminal gang.