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The female profile is in her 20s (29 was the most common age), and also has a high income.
She was all set to meet him at the airport when he suddenly messaged saying his funds had dried up and he needed £5,000.One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.“I just couldn’t believe that was what he was saying,” Jane told .But she was feeling vulnerable after the breakdown of her marriage and agreed to transfer him a smaller amount, despite admitting it sounded “crazy”.“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.
A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
Mc Leod sees it, Tinder is the My Space of the mobile dating world and Hinge, the app he started, is the Facebook. And now, Mc Leod has a fresh round of funding to make that dream come true.
On Thursday, Hinge announced it has raised an additional $12 million, which will fund Hinge's already rapid expansion into new cities, including the launch of its first international outpost in London this February.
And a lot of the time, you’re not just talking to one person behind each profile - you could be exchanging messages with a circle of fraudsters acting together, according to KIS Finance.