It’s not as simple as some online dating services claim it is.
Singles, both men and women, are under attack from the fakes.
The life he described would all be theirs, if they could just get those few final obstacles out of the way…Dating fraud is becoming more sophisticated, more successful – and more devastating to its victims.
According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.
Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
Look for any other descriptions that don’t add up to the profile photo.
The issue of the fake online dating profile continues to escalate like a hurricane, and drown all the real singles out there in online dating land. The issue remains that the anonymity of online dating has opened the flood gates of liars, thieves, cheats, and the sex industry looking to make a quick buck any way they can.
So, how can singles wade through the muck and find true love?
Most of today’s smartphones, tablets and laptops come equipped with a built-in camera and/or video.
Someone reluctant to speak on live video, claiming shyness or that they can’t find a camera, should be a red flag. Profile Picture Test Professional photos are a red flag. Tip: Use a Google Goggles search on your phone to see if the photo they’ve shared with you can be spotted elsewhere online.