Victims can be highly traumatized by this and are often very embarrassed and ashamed when they learn they have become a victim of a scam and that the romance was a farce.
In some cases, online dating services are themselves engaged in misrepresentation, displaying profiles which have been fabricated, which use personal information from users who have not agreed to be depicted on the site social accounts, classified sites and even forums to groom new victims.
, users are being warned to be vigilant while online, particularly as the fraudster's tactics are becoming more elaborate.
Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.
In July, the average payout was as high as £10,882.
With one in four British adults using a dating website at some point in their life, according to Which?
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
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