“More than 1 trillion won in damages” NordVPN shares rules to prevent damage from ‘romance scam’

NordVPN shared security tips to minimize the damage of a ‘romance scam’. Romance scam is a compound word of ‘romance’ meaning ‘love’ and ‘scam’ meaning ‘credit fraud’. It is a type of fraudulent scheme that has recently been rampant around the world.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 70,000 Americans lost a total of $1.3 billion (approximately 1.74 trillion won) to romance scams last year. This is an increase of 138% compared to $547 million (730 billion won) in 2021, and a nine-fold increase compared to $145 million (190 billion won) in 2018, four years ago.

The situation in Britain is no different. According to research conducted by NordVPN in January, one in eight people who have used an online dating site or app has experienced a romance scam or phishing, with an average cost of £4,622 per person, compared to other online dating sites or apps. It is known that the amount of damage is significantly higher than the average fraud damage of £2,851 (approximately 4.76 million won).

According to data from the National Police Agency, the number of romance scams in Korea is 47,087 in 2022, which is not a high level compared to other online scams, but it can be seen as a threat enough in that it increased by a whopping 176% from 17,073 in 2017.

Therefore, NordVPN ▲Be careful with SNS privacy settings ▲Do not share personal information ▲Use trusted apps ▲Do not share contacts ▲Ask lots of questions and develop relationships slowly ▲Do not talk about money, etc. We shared security tips to prevent scams.

NordVPN also emphasizes that if the person you are talking to is suspected of being a romance scammer or has been victimized, you must respond quickly by ▲blocking all contact ▲reporting the dating app you used ▲recording the conversation ▲reporting it to the authorities immediately. did.
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Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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