**Editors note: Updated information about this scam can be found at https://www.onlineinvestigations.com.au/online-date-asking-dating-pass-id-hookup-clearance-read-first/
**Editors note: We have found this scam to be most prevalent on the dating site upforit.com. You have been warned!
Fake profiles created by criminals are contacting victims on dating sites and requesting individuals to obtain “Dating ID’s”, “hookup clearance”, “security clearances” or “criminal background checks” prior to meeting or engaging in online based activities.
Victims are directed by the criminals to obtain these background checks via an official looking website containing stolen logos from government authorities and official brokers. In most cases the victim will be requested to pay approximately $200 – $500 to obtain a certificate which claims to issued by local authorities.
Once money has been sent to the criminals, they will delete the fake profiles and cease all form of communication.
Anyone who receives a similar type request from their online Date or believes they are a victim of this crime should report this matter to their local authorities.
NEVER, EVER send copies to your Date any of your personal documentation such as drivers licences, passports etc.
UPDATE: The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) have recently distributed the following press release:
DATING EXTORTION SCAM
The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain. The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network. Shortly after, the conversations became sexual in nature. Later, victims received text messages, either containing their names, asking if it was them or containing a statement that indicated their names were posted on a particular website. The victims were provided a link to a page on the website that claimed they were a “cheater.” Photos of the victims and their telephone numbers were also posted. There was an option to view and buy the posted conversations for $9. Victims were also given the option to have their names and conversations removed for $99. Some were even told that once the payment was made, the information would be removed within an hour and the website would not allow anyone to post anything pertaining to the victims’ names again. However, reports do not indicate that the information was ever removed.
Example of a scammer requesting a background check:
“Its me [insert scammers name here] thanks for the message but, Can you get a verification id first hunnie so I would know that your not a stalker so we could exchange phone numbers? just go here copy and paste this >>>>> [insert link to scammers website]
You will only get a verification id there and not join ok? here is what to do.
on the first page fill out all the required info then click GET FREE ACCESS.. ON THE 2ND the site will ask you to upgrade make sure to choose the lowest membership there … them clikc Upgrade…
On the credit card info make sure to fill out the page but make sure tp fill out with your vald details..
when your got approve the BLUE box will appear.. put this code: (VERIFY) on the BLUE BOX for you to refund your money UNQUOTE
try this dating site hun..its a cool site and lots of girls near you
[Insert link to scammers website]
and another i have been sent
[Insert link to scammers website] —-> click this link for verification
first click on the link then once your on the site create a username,email and password then click next
on the 2nd page after you choose a card of your preference fill out all the infos but DONT click the complete transaction button coz im not asking you to join there, ok? and so you wont be charged..
just simply HIGHLIGHT your last name then press ENTER on your keyboard so that you will be redirected on a security page..
then try to log in so you can get an id but dont buy any credits there “
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