Valentine’s Day may be over, but dating website scams are not. And there’s no wonder why: Online dating is no longer seen as a last-ditch attempt at love. It’s grown into a $1.75 billion a year industry, one that has risen to include more than 49 million participants in the US alone.
Even more encouraging, recent data from Pew Research Center shows that attitudes about online dating—both from people who’ve tried it and people who haven’t—are shifting, giving the process a much more valid public perception.
But that validity doesn’t mean online daters are safe from potential scammers.