Women using dating sites for scamming
Y., (she didn’t want to give her name) joined the dating site
She was pursued by a man posing as a widower and retired accountant, who said he was 10 years younger than her. He told her he worked with a Christian youth group in Texas, but when she called the church, the receptionist and the priest hadn’t heard of him.
If you go weak at the knees for a blue-eyed brunette, you could be headed for danger as experts have revealed these are some of the most common traits found in romance scammers.
With almost 8 million people using online dating in the UK, fraudsters know exactly how to get people clicking on their profiles and they'll make sure they use the right photographs to lure their victims in.
Financial fraud and abuse of older people is a huge and often unreported problem.
Losses have been estimated at about billion a year.
Scroll down for video Experts at Scamalytics, who provide anti-scammer software to dating sites, sift through millions of fake profiles every year.
The sort of photos they use as well as the language of the personal ad can help you decide whether the member is genuinely looking for a partner or not.
To make your dating experience as safe as possible, we’ve laid down simple and easy-to-follow advice on how to spot people who might not be as trustworthy as you think.
Our moderation team manually check photos and personal ads across the site and a built-in screening system helps identify suspicious accounts, remove them and prevent re-registration.
While we are confident that our measures ensure a high level of security, we urge members to maintain vigilance while dating online and report any suspicious profiles to safeguard other members.