And while numbers on scams are similarly hard to come by, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center reported 5,600 cases of online dating scams back in 2011.
The trendy and easy-to-use apps that are making online dating more accessible could theoretically also be making it much easier for scammers and creeps to find new victims.
We are well aware that all you need is an email address to open an account on most online dating sites.
How many of us have second, third, and even phantom free email accounts at our disposal? Not only did I meet my husband online, but I've also helped numerous singles become part of a couple online.
Beckman deems to be culpable for her misfortune because the online dating giant does not advertise the risks of online dating and, "lulls women into a false sense of security." Her lawyer said, "Match does nothing to ensure the safety of its people, but you pay , you think you're getting some type of protection." No one should have to go through the terror that Beckman experienced, and yet I take tremendous issue with her lawyer's statement.
The correlation between paying for access to potential dates and security is an unrealistic expectation.
Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.
The majority of participants viewed online dating as the easiest way to find a match, and 29 percent knew someone who met their spouse or longterm partner through online dating.And yet, 45 percent of the people polled still saw online dating as "dangerous" compared to other ways of meeting people. Twenty-eight percent of users reported being contacted by someone who harassed them or made them feel uncomfortable.Women were more likely to experience said harassment (which would explain why they are more likely to see online dating as dangerous).The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.Beyond that "danger" factor, the other stigmas surrounding online dating apparently aren't dead yet.