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And while those who actually made the trip to Mexico may have had an extra $2,000 — and a week off work — to spare, I don't think they were any more loyal than the rest of us. I mean, all of us in attendance spent our Saturday night packed into an overly-crowded dive bar solely to watching the concert on a screen — if that's not dedication, I don't know what is.
But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
Scamming unsuspecting lovers via dating sites is not uncommon, but people can usually spot a fake profile from a mile away.
Compromising legitimate profiles is a much smarter, albeit more insidious, way to go.
Once the fraudsters have gathered enough sympathy and trust from a victim, they will exploit this by claiming they need money to pay for travel costs, or to afford medical treatment for a family member.
After the money has been stolen, the criminals will make up further reasons why they need more money.
I deemed it the next best thing to physically being at the concert.
The actual band was playing three nights at some lavish resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico — any true “Phan's” dream — but I caught the concert at some bar around the block from my apartment that was streaming the webcast.
The online dating sites targeted by the latest attack include match.com, Christian Mingle, POF (Plenty Of Fish), e Harmony, Chemistry.com, Senior People Meet, Zoosk, Lavalife, amongst others.
Only eight of the 862 fraudulent scripts on the server targeted banks.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.