And if you replace “collect an inheritance” with “find true love,” they’re an increasing menace for dating apps and services. But they are an increasingly important front for criminals, who in turn use increasingly sophisticated methods to snare their marks, and take them for whatever they can.A recently released list, by a fraud-busting company called Scamalytics, of the top lines and photos used in profiles by online dating grifters shows that while the range of sophistication may vary, the end goal is always the same: To fleece romance-seekers out of their money.Scams are getting more and more sophisticated so it pays to know what to look out for.Scammers can contact you over the phone, by email, by text, or might even show up on your doorstep.Thankfully there are some warning signs, which you can use to avoid falling victim to scammers.For more information on the latest scams and to check the FCA warning list please visit the FCA website.She emails me moments later: “I haven’t even finished setting up my bio and I’ve been ‘favourited’ twice.”I vow to get proactive. ” and take an indiscriminate copy-and-paste approach. I reveal I’m a journalist and he is happy to discuss his experiences.Which, it transpires, involves taking out my credit card. He’s been a member for three months and has parted with £350.
While it has been assumed that the scandal would sound the site’s death knell, it has also generated a vast amount of free publicity – and led even those of us who would never dream of cheating, less still giving away our personal details to a website to do so, wondering what it would be like to enter an online den of marital cheaters.But you can usually avoid them by knowing what to look out for and playing it safe.There are some general signs that should set alarm bells ringing wherever you see them: Knowing about the common scams that fraudsters are trying to use to steal your money can stop you being conned. An exotic stranger needs help, and you’re the only one able to provide it.On any given day, a handful of those pleas still file into your email’s spam folder.