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.
The male profile is in his late 40s (48 is the most common age) with a high income.
Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.
She noted in a statement, “Those who use Tinder to find partners for casual sex with no strings attached often find the experience confusing and frustrating when they are matched with people who are looking for serious relationships.” It’s got all the now-standard swiping and matching of most dating apps, but it’s only for people looking to hookup.
All of the pleasure with none of the messiness of having to suss out whether this match could be “the one.” Li told us one feature that makes it stand out from the crowd is “moments.” Similar to any social media feed, it allows you to upload photos and thoughts and share them with the other users.
And you can see them when you look at anyone’s profile.
Some of the behaviors [sic] this app facilitates might not be things you’d want to share with, say, your coworkers or family members.
After a couple of months, he said he had to go to the Middle East for an oil rig refurbishment and even sent Jane pictures of him in his hardhat on the rig.
She was all set to meet him at the airport when he suddenly messaged saying his funds had dried up and he needed £5,000.
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.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.