Romance Scams are one of top 5 online crimes as identified by FBI. This vulnerability assessment warns of abundant dangers in establishing trust & building relationships to unknown persons online.  More security research is shared in links below which rank US state vulnerabilities pertinent to romance scams

https://www.pcmag.com/news/which-states-are-safest-for-online-dating

https://www.highspeedinternet.com/resources/the-safest-and-most-dangerous-states-for-online-dating-in-2020

Putting your heart on the line comes with considerable risk — And according to data put together by HighSpeedInternet.com, just how much risk depends on where you live. With Valentine’s Day coming up in less than two weeks, this news is more vital than ever. The Why Axis BugThe company that compares ISP speeds read up on statistics from the FBI and the CDC to figure out which states have the highest rates of love scams and STDs. Something to keep in mind while you’re swiping right.

Online Dating Safety map — Cupid will be working overtime this month, firing arrows into the hearts of Valentines across the nation. But on dating sites like Match, Tinder, and Grindr, scammers and other nefarious characters may also be looking for vulnerable lovebirds. To gauge the risk in each state, our team of researchers crunched the numbers to figure out which states are the safest—and which are the most dangerous—when it comes to online dating.

Soul mate. . .or catfish bait? — According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), internet dating sites are hotbeds for “romance scams”—in which a con artist strikes up a bogus online relationship for financial gain.5 In other words, if a hottie with twinkly blue eyes messages you on Tinder claiming they’re stranded in Singapore and need $1,200 via international wire transfer, hit “Unmatch” and keep swiping.

According to the FBI’s latest report on internet crime, Alaska is especially hard-hit by romance scams like these. Cybercrime victims living in Alaska lost a total of about $3.6 million in 2018, which is frightening when you consider there are less than a million people living in the entire state.

Recognize the risks — The dangers of logging on for love haven’t stopped many online daters. One Stanford survey found that 39% of America’s hetero couples now meet on the interwebs. Your true love may be one swipe away, but you still need to be careful to dodge any snakes out there. Take your own ride to the date, meet them in a public place, and ghost them immediately if they start messaging you about bank account info. Thank you, next!

Online Dating Safety Ranking by State

1 Maine
2 West Virginia
3 Vermont
4 Kentucky
5 New Hampshire
6 South Dakota
7 North Dakota
8 Idaho
9 Nebraska
10 Iowa
11 Arkansas
12 Oklahoma
13 Indiana
14 Hawaii
15 Pennsylvania
16 Montana
17 Utah
18 Wyoming
19 Kansas
20 Mississippi
21 Tennessee
22 Delaware
23 South Carolina
24 Wisconsin
25 Minnesota
26 Alabama
27 Missouri
28 Michigan
29 Louisiana
30 Rhode Island
31 Texas
32 New Jersey
33 Illinois
34 Ohio
35 Oregon
36 Georgia
37 Massachusetts
38 New Mexico
39 Connecticut
40 Arizona
41 Florida
42 New York
43 Washington
44 Virginia
45 Colorado
46 Maryland
47 North Carolina
48 California
49 Nevada
50 Alaska