Do dating sites have fake profiles
heard from Deborah*, who reported that she’d lost £4,000 to a dating scam last year in what she described as a ‘horrid situation’ that caused considerable distress. He presented himself as a business consultant working in the oil industry who was often out of the country.
After a few weeks of regularly speaking through online messaging, email and a couple of telephone calls, they arranged to meet.
It wasn’t a very nice thing to do, but it did teach us a valuable lesson: never assume an online dating profile is for real. I’m not talking about drunk-text shenanigans, I’m talking an inability to follow proper flow in conversation and nonsensical replies. So if you are messaging with someone and it sounds like this, throw your computer out the window and run. So, yeah, this might be a real thing people do and we should all be more discerning, even in the presence of a striking photo.Steve Baker, the lawyer who led the case for the industry watchdog told The Sunday Times: 'We are concerned there are serious problems elsewhere in the internet dating industry.At Match we want to ensure that you have a safe, friendly experience on the site.Shortly after making the transfer, Deborah confided her concerns in a friend who warned her this could be a scam.Despite making several attempts to stop the payment, it went through.
Online dating fraud has cost victims £27 million collectively over the last year, according to police figures..