RAPISTS and sex offenders are using online dating sites and social media to target their victims, according to Police Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland.
Police and campaigners also said internet firms must now start taking a proactive role in protecting victims from sex crime.
Seven million UK residents are currently registered with online dating sites, according to the report.
But the increased number of rapes indicates that you need to keep your wits about you when meeting strangers.
The essence of our Facebook conversation seemed to focus on the question of: Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.
Raphael said her team was "seeing a significant number of rapes" reported where two people have met over the internet, "whether that is a dating site or some other social networking site".The survey warned that online daters can run the risk of becoming a victim of stalking, harassment, catfishing, identity theft, and even phishing scams.It advised Indians trying to find matches to stay more vigilant and take extra care while approaching someone online.They exploit their access to potential victims and establish trust before meeting.Attacks mostly were committed during the first face-to-face meetings after contact was made through dating sites or apps. Online dating services have been around since the early days of the Web, with major paid sites like emerging in 1995 and e Harmony in 2000.She said of the sites: "I'm not here to dent their business.