That "special someone" may not be who you think they are. Before realizing, your bank account is empty or your identity stolen, and they are gone.
Your physical well being or your life may be at risk without knowing Are you getting involved with someone that you met recently, but something just does not quite seem right? Perhaps you may need peace of mind, or just need to know if your suspicions are correct Are you considering a business venture that sounds very profitable, but want to know who you are dealing with?
“[It’s] not the case that stupid people fall for romance scams - they can be very clever,” Professor Monica Whitty, a cyber-psychologist, explains. Scamalytics, a company which runs anti-scammer software for a number of the major dating sites, are trying to reduce online dating fraud by creating profiles of the average male and female con artist.
By analysing the top 3,000 scammer profiles (that is, those they’ve come across most frequently in profiles blocked by their software in the last year) they’ve discovered what constitutes the ‘most attractive’ female and male propositions to those targeted by romance scammers.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
And a lot of the time, you’re not just talking to one person behind each profile - you could be exchanging messages with a circle of fraudsters acting together, according to KIS Finance.He is most likely to have a career in engineering, has no interest in politics, a full head of light brown hair, and the photos are often taken at a slight distance.The female profile is in her 20s (29 was the most common age), and also has a high income.But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.