The report also found dating and romance scams topped the list of financial losses through scams for 2013 and affected thousands of Australians.ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard told the ABC the watchdog is working with agencies, such as AUSTRAC, to identify people who may be implicated in scams."But that's the very nature of Facebook and social media in general.If we start to play with the concepts of identity theft and dating, we should be able to unveil how fragile a virtual identity given to a proprietary platform can be."And, the duo speculate, if people pull hard enough on that bothersome thread, Facebook's billion valuation will unravel.Instead, it's part of a series of prank sites, the first two of which aimed at Google and Amazon, intended to make people think more about data in the age of internet behemoths.Moreover, it's a bit funny hearing Facebook complain about scraping of personal data that is quasi-public.A Los Angeles man has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Ashley online dating site for married people after his account information was leaked along with that of 37 million other users this month. But then a group of hackers, known as the Impact Team, last week released emails, full names, street addresses and some credit card information for their tens of millions of users.The man, who goes by John Doe, joined the dating site in March 2012 in the belief that his “email would never be shown or shared,” according to his lawsuit filed Friday in U. The leak revealed dozens of government email addresses were used to access the site.
Ninth Circuit holds that operator of online dating service is immunized by the Communications Decency Act ("CDA") from defamation, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of right of publicity and negligence claims arising out of the unauthorized posting on defendant's website by a third party of a fictitious dating profile.The taskforce is made up of 23 government regulatory agencies and departments with responsibility for consumer protection regarding frauds and scams.Ms Rickard says a previous pilot had success, with about 60 per cent of people who were contacted stopping their payments to scammers.The ACCC will initially send 400 letters per fortnight to consumers to warn them they may be the target of a relationship scammer.In June, the watchdog's Targeting Scams Report found Australians lost million to dating and romance scams last year.Facebook, as you might expect, is not amused."Scraping people's information violates our terms," said Barry Schnitt, Facebook's director of policy communications.