Fake dating websites
Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
Of those who sent money, men were twice as likely to have parted with cash when asked to than women.Usage of dating website and apps is on the rise, which means that potential for fraud is also rising.Online dating fraud has cost victims £27 million collectively over the last year, according to police figures..When someone says online dating, one of the first sites that comes to mind is Ok Cupid.It is estimated that there are about 30 million total users, with roughly 1 million unique users logging in every day.It goes without saying that Ok Cupid has one of the better reputations of more popular free dating websites for having a wide variety of quality users.
However, Ok Cupid has many not-so-great users as well, and it’s not uncommon for women to have the misfortune of encountering them, and in the past, I have as well.
The second group of people that knew the dirty truth long ago are the people who have spent more than sixty second on any of the big dating sites and also have an IQ over 80. The third group of people who knew all along about the fake profiles includes anyone who was a founder or early employee at any of the dating sites.
I have sampled most of the famous-name dating sites (Why would I try just one? My guess is that many of them thought they would cheat the membership numbers in the beginning to get traction, then go legit over time. And obviously they knew what the competing sites were doing. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go back to reading the news that men look for sex when they are not getting enough.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
Almost three in ten users of Dating Direct and Elite Singles also reported that they’d been approached for money while on these sites. survey also found that around six in ten people had seen what they believed to be a fake profile.