An online dating service is a company that provides specific mechanisms (generally websites or applications) for online dating through the use of Internet-connected personal computers or mobile devices.
It is possible that the mode of online dating resonates with some participants' conceptual orientation towards the process of finding a romantic partner.
That is, online dating sites use the conceptual framework of a "marketplace metaphor" to help people find potential matches, with layouts and functionalities that make it easy to quickly browse and select profiles in a manner similar to how one might browse an online store.
The alleged fraudster would immediately suggest getting a refund, which offered a chance to confirm the pin code. "Basically, after they have their time with the complainant", Liew said, "they would steal their credit cards and debit cards from their wallets." The accused then withdrew large amounts of cash — on average about $10,000 — from the victim's bank account.
In most cases, the theft happened on the first date.
Online dating services also differ widely in their revenue streams.
Some sites are completely free and depend on advertising for revenue.
The accused would get the target to pay for tickets or a drink.
That would be the first chance to see the victim's pin code being used.
Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.
A 2005 study of data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that individuals are more likely to use an online dating service if they use the Internet for a greater number of tasks, and less likely to use such a service if they are trusting of others.
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.