Crimes involving internet dating
The FTC investigates and prosecutes cases involving a wide range of online fraud, including identity theft, fake sweepstakes, credit scams, and more.
The perpetrators of online scams are often charged with federal wire fraud crimes.
Wire fraud is similar to regular fraud, except that it involves the use of interstate electronic communications, including email, instant messages, or other online activity.
If the perpetrators of an online scam are convicted, they may be ordered to pay restitution to their victims.
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In a rental scam, the perpetrator places an ad on Craigslist or another classified site advertising a rental unit for a good price.
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Online services are an easy, convenient and relatively safe way of forming a relationship, the National Crime Agency said.
The email would then direct you to a fake banking site where you would be asked to provide sensitive information like your account number, username, password, and more.
With this information, the scammer would then have access to your account.
It's also increasingly risky when it comes to rape.
Rapes related to online dating increased by nearly a factor of six -- from 33 in 2009 to 184 in 2014 -- according to a report released Monday by the UK's National Crime Agency.