Online dating site dangers
In 2014 it was reported that people had lost more than million because of online dating scams.Last month a Hobart court heard Victorian man Jason Ralph Jay aged 33 years, attacked and threatened to kill a Hobart woman in her home after the pair met on Facebook.And yet, 45 percent of the people polled still saw online dating as "dangerous" compared to other ways of meeting people. Twenty-eight percent of users reported being contacted by someone who harassed them or made them feel uncomfortable.Women were more likely to experience said harassment (which would explain why they are more likely to see online dating as dangerous).And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets.
An industry that provides people, who in some cases are predators, with access to vulnerable, well- intentioned adults?
The ACCC Online Dating Industry Report claims that the revenue for online dating services in Australia will reach 3.3 million in 2014–15.
However, no official data is available on the number of Australians using these services but major of industry participants claim membership numbers in Australia are in excess of 4.6 million.
This has recently been brought to our attention, with the murders, rapes and violence against women in Australia.
In 2012 a widowed Australian grandmother travelled to South Africa to marry the young man she had fallen in love with online and was found dead in February 2013.
Before her death, the pair maintained a long distance relationship spanning three years which saw the widow part with $200,000.00.