Do you know how many cases of identity theft start with an email address?
If you don’t use strong passwords a thief will often be able to hack into your email once they know a few basic bits of information about you, by using the password recovery process that most email systems provide.
Ask any of our members and they’ll tell you this extra focus on safety creates an environment that’s really not like anything they’ve found anywhere else.
But it also means we get some extraordinary insights into the sorts of things that scammers, fakes and fraudsters will try to do to get money (or worse) from their intended victims.
Most amazing were the images of scammers boasting about their exploits online, flashing photos of the cash they had stolen and sharing tips with fellow scammers on online forums and Facebook groups.
Even if only one person in a thousand falls for their scams, it’s still worth their time.
She shared dozens of stories of men and women who had lost far more than she had to sophisticated online scams.
Before jumping in to the guidance, however, it’s really important to stress that we’re not simply making this stuff up — the danger from scammers online is very real.When it comes to online safety, particularly when it comes to dating and companionship, we like to think we know what we’re talking about.