Dating sites lure underage visitors

Many Ludhiana dating websites are promising their visitors a "hot, sexy, charming boyfriend/girlfriend", irrespective of age, which as per the police, borders on cyber crime. They are also luring the youth by "arranging meetings and dates", by giving the visitors the choice to select the time, date and place of their meeting.

A victim of such a city-based website said, "I logged into one dating website and they asked me to open an account to get the best matches. I did that and they provided me with a list of boys, who were interested, along with their pictures. I liked one of them and we interacted for almost a month. Finally, we both decided to meet. When I actually reached the place, no one came. I waited for nearly three hours."

Some of these websites also offer the same services to people below 18 years of age. One such website calls itself the "best website for underage singles". Another one is named "Ludhiana singles ready to mingle". Some dating websites ask for money as well.

"These websites can hack pictures and personal information of underage visitors for illegal purposes. Parents can play their part by putting passwords or using parental control option on such websites," said Rohan Sharma, an ethical hacking professional.

Ludhiana Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said, "Such websites are committing cyber crime and we can take action against them."

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