Fake profiles created by criminals are contacting victims on dating sites and requesting individuals to obtain “Dating ID’s”, “hookup clearance”, “security clearances” or “criminal background checks” prior to meeting or engaging in online based activities.
Victims are directed by the criminals to obtain these background checks via an official looking website containing stolen logos from government authorities and official brokers.
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UPDATE: The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) have recently distributed the following press release: The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain.
The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network.
Anyone who receives a similar type request from their online Date or believes they are a victim of this crime should report this matter to their local authorities.
NEVER, EVER send copies to your Date any of your personal documentation such as drivers licences, passports etc.