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And of course, the number-one sign you’ve met a scammer: you’ll receive a request for money. For more details of staying safe online, check out all the great, useful advice from the Online Dating Association.
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They can also check individual profiles and watch for unusual activity (such as someone sending the same message to 50 people).
Scammers don’t want you to be protected, so they’ll encourage you to move onto personal communication straight away.
So if your online correspondent’s writing style seems to be strangely inconsistent, be suspicious.
It was thought that women were the main targets for online-dating scammers. Action Fraud, the UK's cyber-crime reporting centre, recently reported that almost 40 per cent of online-daters targeted in 2016 were men, most aged over 50.
Women usually search for partners around 2 years younger, to 12 years older. Be suspicious of men and women whose profile says they’re open to contact from people 20 years or more away from their own age.
They’re not a refreshing change—they’re liars, trying to cast their net as wide as possible. Most scammers live abroad, so they invent a cover story for that: they claim to be in the Armed Forces, or working overseas, or even engaged in secretive missions they can’t discuss.
The losses can be huge—financially, and emotionally.
The average scam victim loses £10,000 but the mental scars can last a lifetime.