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FTC sues largest online dating site for playing a role in romance scams

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Federal Trade Commission is targeting the largest online dating service for playing a role in a scam that costs victims more than any other.

The FTC is suing Match Group, Inc., the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites. The lawsuit accuses Match of allowing the use of fake profiles in advertisements to attract new customers.

The lawsuit claims that Match sent “You caught his attention” emails to non-subscribers, highlighting accounts the company suspected or knew to be fraudulent. According to the FTC, between 2013 and 2018, potential subscribers ignored up to 25 to 30 percent of Match.com members were using the site to perpetrate scams. The lawsuit says hundreds of thousands of new users signed up after receiving an advertisement representing a fraudulent account.

Romance scams continue to be very costly for victims. The FTC received 21,000 reports in the Consumer Sentinel Complaints Database with losses totaling $ 143 million in 2018.

If you think you’ve been the victim of a romance scam, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/plaint.

If you have a scam story to share, email Kyle Jordan at [email protected]

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