Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
XXX would have needed to lend him a few thousand dollars to deal with one of the many plights he had fabricated. Online dating is fun, but there is so much of danger in it, it's about separating the wheat from the chaff. Typically, women aged mid-40s to mid-60s looking for companionship fall prey to male romance scammers.The scammers are using their images without their knowledge and permission to deceive their victims and scam them out of money.Spotting Discrepancies Reading or Listening Between the Lines Beware Speed Community Q&A Online dating scams are rife. You do not have to be rich and you do not have to be stupid.Looking to find a companion or a soul mate through online dating websites?Remember, the risk of falling victim to male scammers through dating websites is on the rise.Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.