Internet Dating: Don’t Be Scammed

Internet dating is a growing trend and has evolved into a big business in today’s technological world.

Although there is still a stigma attached to online dating services, many use internet sites as a last chance for finding long-lasting companionship. Whatever your reasons for subscribing to a dating website, be aware that it can be risky and the chances of being sucked in by a scammer are, unfortunately, high. Past victims are reported to have lost over £50,000 in dating scams. That said, many have found genuine partners over reputable sites.

Here’s a guide to help prevent you avoid falling victim to online dating fraud.

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A typical scammer will create a false online profile using a fake identity. Using clever questioning techniques they will bombard their victim with compliments and ask lots of questions while avoiding too many personal questions about themselves.

They will lure their victim into communicating offline while avoiding a physical meeting. Many will pretend to be soldiers serving in Afghanistan or businessmen who work abroad making it impossible to meet in person. They will play on the sympathies of their victims, inventing sob stories that are easy to believe. After an online relationship has been established, they will start asking for money, usually in small amounts.

Targets

The majority of dating fraud victims are women between 40 and 60 years old who are seeking a long-term relationship. Victims will have enough reasonable income to make the scam worthwhile. Victims are predictably trusting and sympathetic, making them more vulnerable to scammers.

Don’t Be Scammed

Stick to reputable websites and don’t be tricked into offline communication. If you suspect that you have been targeted or want to be sure your contact is genuine, Insight Investigations can carry out discreet and thorough background checks for your peace of mind.