In 2012 a widowed Australian grandmother travelled to South Africa to marry the young man she had fallen in love with online and was found dead in February 2013.Before her death, the pair maintained a long distance relationship spanning three years which saw the widow part with 0,000.00.Using the Internet for love, or at least sex, is a becoming a staple of modern life.
The goal of the criminal would be to form a relationship between the “avatar” and the potential victim.
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Online dating has gained enormous popularity over the years and is now a multibillion dollar industry with millions of Australians accessing a wide variety of websites with the hope of finding true love however, there is another side of online dating people should be aware of.
The ACCC Online Dating Industry Report claims that the revenue for online dating services in Australia will reach 3.3 million in 2014–15.
Even being revealed as a member of Adult Friend Finder might be embarrassment enough for some: The site is, as its name suggests, "adult" in nature. Penthouse Media Group acquired it along with the rest of its network, which also includes less risque sites aimed at religious and senior daters among others, back in 2007.