Online Dating: Secret Admirer Card

How the Secret Admirer Scam Works:

It is always nice to be admired, and being admired secretly from afar makes it that much more titillating. Yet a recent scam making the rounds involves victims receiving an e-card from an admirer. Whether sent via online dating apps or even Google Hangouts, the text on an actual e-card being circulated is the following:

E-Card content:

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Hey. This is hard for me because I have never done anything like this..but I have a huge crush on you. I’ve never been able to tell you for reasons which you would quickly identify as obvious if you knew who this was.

I am really attracted to you and I think you would be wanting to get with *Read FULL Card Here*”.

When the victim clicks on the link, one of two things happens; either the link downloads a keylogger on your computer, which allows the scammer to monitor live what you are doing, or it downloads a virus or malware.

Clicking the link can also lead you to a page asking for personal identification information in order to find out the identity of your admirer. The information is then used to steal your identity. That’s how most of the romance scams start.

Watch the video below to see a different variation of the online dating scam:

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How to Avoid the Secret Admirer Scam:

It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of keeping your anti-virus software updated. Also, never open an email from an unknown sender and if you inadvertently do, never click on links contained within the email from unknown senders.

Protecting your identity online is so important; remember, if someone truly likes you, chances are they will tell you the old-fashioned way, not via e-card.

Watch out for any type of romance scammer on Hangouts that asks you to download a file.

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How to Report the Secret Admirer Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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3 thoughts on “Online Dating: Secret Admirer Card”

  1. i have met some one on line its been 2 months he told me he builds log cabin homes for rich people he then told me he had to go out of the counrty and he is now in turkey he text and calls me every day he even sent me flowers not he called to ask me could i do him a favor could i except some money for him while he is over there $20,000 i was so comviced i gave him my bamking information no money has been put in there yet and when i ask him about it he gets up set he even called me crying and i felt bad i told him i have a freind that is a cop which i do and she thinks its a scam what should i do about this

  2. I recently got a sms reading, ‘ You have received a private photo invite. Click to open (long code) (free msg) 31305/ opt out dial 0213002831."

    Called ahead and found that this was a scam reverse charge kind of set up keeps you on the line and takes airtime

  3. Hi my name is Bonnie and I met this guy online Steven Mike Hayes i met him at Badoo and he said he was a construction engineer that he travel a lot and his very comfortable in life that he doesnt have any problem with money. A month past by he went to india for another work he was there for 2 months after he was there he said he was robbed that all his money is gone which is $10,000 and starting then ive been sending him money that he said he will pay after his contract done I mean he call me everyday and chat him everyday online on yahoo. Then after that his having problem with his project site that he need it money so of course me I sent money again. After a couple of months when he finally done with work and ready to go he lost his passport on the cab =( and again I took a loan because I dont have any money with me im a single mom with nothing so i took and he promise to pay it back once he was back. So he process his passport sent money to him to pay bills. Because he said he doesnt had any access in his money online because he doesnt trust online because he was hack before so he stayed there for couple months and of course the hotel bills is filing up so again took a loan to sent to him. I mean this he took a lot of me esp. my son savings too thats the site and that his pic of thats really him

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