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In search of a fast date, many men are turning to the less regulated referral service, Craigslist - a less reputable sites that has become a perfect target for cybercriminals.
Craigslist has a high percentage of fake listings generated by spam services and bots exclusively targeted at men interested in a quick date - aimed at victims in both the US and UK.
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So it's little wonder that lonely hearts are flocking to web sites and apps (both established and new) with the desire of meeting a partner - either for a lasting relationship or for a one-night stand.
However, in the hunt for company, many men are putting themselves at risk, becoming an unwitting target for scammers and cyber-thieves.
Because of a nondisclosure agreement, the researchers can't reveal the exact source of their subjects, describing it only as an "established, marriage-oriented, subscription-based dating site" from which they randomly selected 1855 people, all based in New York City.Besides photographs, each user's profile could include any number of personal details including age, height, weight, education, marital status, number of children, and smoking and drinking habits.The data set includes some 1.1 million interactions between users.Those 30 million people have generated billions of pieces of data.
And because most dating sites ask users to give consent for their data to be used for research purposes, this online courting has played out like an enormous social science experiment, recording people's moment-by-moment interactions and judgments.
Reach back two decades and you are more likely to find a man who can’t fathom swiping through a series of pictures to find a mate for the night.