Global Anti Scam Alliance Survey Reveals 25% of Dating Users Report Being Scammed

Dating sites' purposes

Every year as Valentine's Day approaches, many singles reflect on their relationship status and try to look for love. Most end up searching for companionship or love online. There are estimated to be more than 270 million dating app users globally. The Global Anti Scam Alliance and ScamAdviser conducted a survey that reveals that a shockingly large number of users of dating sites and apps end up falling victim to various scams.

25% of the participants lost money in a dating scam

1,829 participants from 140 countries answered the survey of the Global Anti Scam Alliance and ScamAdviser. A staggering 25% of them reported having lost money in a dating scam. The median amount lost was $200 and the highest amount lost was over $1.2 million. Men lose on average three times as much as women. The most named dating scams are extortion scams, investment scams, fake profiles, and unexpected requests for money.

On average, participants used three different dating sites or apps

The participants report having used three dating sites or apps on average within the last 12 months. No single dating app or social media channel was named more than five times by the participants. It seems that there is no dating platform that is free from the risk of getting scammed.

Most participants are only moderately happy with their online dating experience

31% of the participants reported being unhappy with their online dating experience, while 32% said that they are moderately happy. 12% were happy and 25% were very happy. 

Surprisingly, the Corona pandemic did not have a huge effect on the use of dating sites and apps, according to the participants. 36% reported using dating apps less while the same percentage stated using dating sites more.

Do men get scammed for sex; women for love?

42% of the participants visit dating sites with one reason in mind. The prejudice that male data for sex and women for love is not entirely true. 58% of the participants have several goals in mind when dating online, looking for company is named most, followed by a search for sex, or a life partner. 

27% of the participants reported being confronted with fake profiles

The most named problem was that many of the profiles on dating sites are fake with 27% of the participants saying that they encountered fake profiles. The second most listed issue was that they unexpectedly had to pay money to contact or chat. 40% did not encounter any issues.

37% did not report the scam at all

While only 7% of all scams are reported, this is not the case for dating scams. A third of the dating scams went unreported. Those who did report the scam reported it mainly to the dating site or app or to the social media platform used. 

The complete report can be downloaded at https://www.scamadviser.com/scam-reports/research-reports/4480/1-out-of-4-users-of-dating-platforms-report-being-scammed

Press contact: jorij.abraham@gasa.org

Source: Global Anti Scam Alliance

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Jorij Abraham
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