Dating sites and apps are a goldmine for scammers. For starters, people post personal, sometimes even intimate details about themselves. It’s an arena where we actively try to do what should never be done online: Communicate with strangers honestly, and in a vulnerable way, about ourselves. Because of this, online dating is a scammer’s El Dorado.
Catfishing is big business. In 2020, the would-be “happily ever after” crowd reported more than $300 million in losses to the FTC, a 50 percent increase over the previous year.
In the latest episode of What the Hack with Adam Levin, we talked to Mary, a former radio host and current cannabinoid cooking maven who found herself being courted by a catfisher.
Listen in to find out how catfishing scams work, the telltale signs to watch for, and a salty dollop of banter.
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