Now, a study has revealed just what a typical scammer looks like - from their eye colour to their posture and even their political stance.Scroll down for video Experts at Scamalytics, who provide anti-scammer software to dating sites, sift through millions of fake profiles every year.
At Match we want to ensure that you have a safe, friendly experience on the site.Remember that on Match you you are fully in control of your search and can choose to take things at your own pace.In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.A scammer is anyone using disingenuously to trick or scam other members, normally by asking for money.
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Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
While online dating may have made meeting people easier, it has also paved the way for fraudsters.
Often the scammers create fake profiles and pretend to be a love interests before gaining their victim's trust so they reveal personal information which they can then use to steal from them.
Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.