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Dating website fraud

The number of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high in 2016.

Scammers will often pocket the money or use the bank details you have given to gain access to your online banking and pocket even more money.Behaviour we urge all members to report include: I’ve met someone online and say they need travel expenses to visit me, is this a scam?Using the list of scammer behaviour to watch out for, this unfortunately, sounds like suspicious scammer behaviour.While we are confident that our measures ensure a high level of security, we urge members to maintain vigilance while dating online and report any suspicious profiles to safeguard other members.We encourage all members to report any behaviour they deem inappropriate.These figures were up from 2824 reports of dating scams in 2013, with reported losses of £27,344,814; 3295 reports and losses of £32,259,381 in 20 with losses falling to £25,882,339 in 2015.

However, both figures appear to have risen in 2016 to an all-time high.

Look for signs such as them being abroad, vague with details, or always too busy to meet or speak on the phone.” There were sentiments shared by Mark James, IT security specialist at ESET: “Sadly the figures are not surprising at all, most criminals are not stupid, they often know just how to manipulate or pressure people into handing over their hard earned money.

Generally we as humans want to trust others, when we are lonely and looking for love it can be easier to be fooled into thinking someone cares for us and are showing some honest affection.” James argued that users need to understand that when on the internet or dealing with others in a non-physical format they should always at the very least question what they are doing, and ask if it does sound legitimate?

To make your dating experience as safe as possible, we’ve laid down simple and easy-to-follow advice on how to spot people who might not be as trustworthy as you think.

A scammer is anyone using disingenuously to trick or scam other members, normally by asking for money.

“If we do engage in sending money we have to treat it like gambling at the casino, decide on how much you can afford to lose and be prepared to do so, it may be the jackpot, and if it is then you can reap the rewards.