Archives for 2012

Romance Scams

Online Dating Magazine has released an infographic that deals with the topic of romance scams. You can see (and even republish on your site/blog) that infographic below. The two most interesting elements from the infographic:

1) That more than 50% of those targeted (at least in Australia) fall victim to romance scams.

2) That in the US, men (50-59) lose just over $3.5 million a year while US women (50-59) lose $18.8 million.

Online Dating Magazine’s Romance Scam Infographic:

eHarmony User Account Passwords Hacked

Online dating service eHarmony was hacked, recently, resulting in the hacker obtaining nearly 1.5 million passwords from eHarmony accounts. According to Online Dating Magazine:

“eHarmony says that it has reset the passwords of the 1.5 million accounts affected by the security breach.”

In addition, eHarmony has emailed all users whose passwords were confirmed stolen.

You can read about the eHarmony hack attack via the Online Dating Magazine story, “eHarmony.com Passwords Stolen“.

Note: If your password was stolen and you use that same password on other sites, we highly recommend that you change the password on those sites as well.

YouTube SPAM Videos Ruining Online Dating Category

(May 25, 2012) YouTube’s lack of username spam reporting is resulting in tens of thousands of spam videos appearing on YouTube, with most going undetected for years, if ever. The result is irrelevant searches on the service that allow spammers to thrive.

If you go to YouTube and type in “Online Dating” then sort the results by “Upload Date”, chances are you will be inundated with nothing but SPAM videos being uploaded by  bots. YouTube is contributing to this problem by not allowing usernames to be reported for mass spamming.  Here are some username examples of online dating spammers that have been on YouTube for more than a year. Keep in mind that these are just a few examples of hundreds:

thuvtuumoajm
maaipoehbolapik
boisghoanmnoobe
jasknyaowyice
adarsthianm
astsdachoagjef
uefomozogoi
jafyesofujisa
ampjugabin
bouorsilbourbimpi
otzemaguon
wataoooshiro

While creating this news story, we did a search for “online dating” and sorted the results by “Upload Date”. Below is a screen grab we did of the first nine results that appeared (we’d show more, but our monitor couldn’t fit more in the screen grab). Out of the 20 search results shown, the first 17 were all spam.  Here’s an image:

YouTube Spam is Out of Control

YouTube not only prevents people from reporting a username for mass spam, but if you start flagging their spam videos one by one, after the third video YouTube forces you to start filling out a CAPTCHA form, thus insuring that you stop reporting spam videos. YouTube’s lack of interest in combating spam is making the service less user-friendly and opening the doors for other video sites/services that put more of an emphasis on spam prevention and allow users to interact with staff to combat the problem.

May 2012 eHarmony Free Communication Weekend

(May 25, 2012) Now through memorial day, eHarmony is doing another free communication weekend event where those signed up can communicate with others without having to have a paid membership. The deal does come with some drawbacks, however, as non-paid members will not be able to see photos or take their communications straight to email. eHarmony has been regularly offering the free communication weekend events for nearly a decade. The free communication weekend events gain new members and spikes in memberships follow the events as people want to take communications further.  Thanks to Memorial Day, this is a 4-day free communication weekend event instead of a 3-day one.

First Ever Urgent Warning Issued by Online Dating Magazine

(February 23, 2012) Online Dating Magazine, a publication and watchdog group for online daters and singles, has issued its first ever urgent warning dealing with a new variation on the romance scam. Online Dating Magazine says that scammers have started using fake Webcam footage to convince people that they are a “real” person. The scammers spend weeks taking Webcam footage from chats with unsuspecting people. They then save the footage then use it in Webcam chats with people they are trying to scam.

You can read (and republish or link to) Online Dating Magazine’s urgent warning at: http://www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/datingnews/fakewebcamfootage.html

This is a scary evolution of the romance scam which is already the #1 money-making scam online costing victims hundreds of millions of dollars a year worldwide. Now scammers can suggest (or initiate) a Webcam chat with you. They simply use fake video footage they’ve obtained and memorized. They type when the persona types and they can bookmark parts of the footage to instantly appear (i.e. the person starts laughing). They can also pause the video and attribute it to a “connection” problem when there is a need to.

This is very serious and the biggest advancement ever in the romance scam. Please help spread the word! Online Dating Magazine has been in existence for 8 years and this is the first time they’ve ever issued an “urgent warning”.

 

ASL plz – Online Dating Short Film

It seems that a guy has found the love of his life online. Who knew that online dating was so good at connecting people that share chemistry? The following online dating short film is titled “ASL plz”. It’s about a guy who is communicating with a girl via online dating/chatting. She seems to be his match made in heaven and he can’t wait to meet her. The interesting part of this movie is that it does a great job of building anticipation before the in-person meeting. You start to feel nervous watching the main character being nervous. The filmmakers did a great job of  getting you interested in seeing the outcome of a 13 minute film with only one word being spoken the entire time. But after the movie ends, some text comes up about a cause that you didn’t really feel was the focus of the film. It was so strangely out of place, that for a second you may wonder if it was another project all together spliced onto the end of this one. It’s not. enjoy the short…

Online Dating Short Film – ASL plz

Social Etiquette on a First Date

In the video below, Sharlene Santana (known as the SOCIALbee Junkie) shares some tips on how to act and behave on a first date or when meeting someone new in a social setting. Some of the tips include:

> No texting or talking on your phone at anytime during the date.

> Keep breaks (i.e. bathroom breaks) to an absolute minimum.

> Don’t complain about anything on your date. Keep it light and pleasant.

> Don’t talk with your mouth full as it is very unattractive.

> Beware of the foods you order (avoid garlic-type foods)

Social Etiquette on a First Date
(8/24/12 Update) 
Unfortunately, it appears that Sharlene Santana has removed this video from YouTube, a social etiquette no-no for video producers.

What tips do you have? Use the comments section below to share your opinion.

Straight to the Point – Jen & Christy on Online Dating

One of the great things about YouTube is that virtually anyone can use it to share their opinions. Take for example, Jen & Christy in the video below. They decided to start a channel offering their opinions and advice. Now before we ever publish a video on the Online Dating News Blog, we first go through it to see if it is worth posting. And in this case… it is.  What we like about this video is that Jen & Christy don’t hold back. They are pretty blunt, which also leads us to warn you that the language in this video is not G-rated. Many cuss words are tossed around freely. Despite the language, the video is refreshing. It’s to the point with excellent advice and tips, mostly around the first communication and your profile. For example – “HI is a greeting, not a conversation starter”. There’s a reason many men don’t hear from women they try to communicate with on an online dating service and Jen & Christy nail quite a few.

Warning: Bad Language (hopefully they don’t do this on a date) 🙂

Straight to the Point – Jen & Christy on Online Dating

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