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Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
Remember the cliché of the man in the middle of a mid-life crisis – trading the Honda in for a Porsche and the wife for a younger model?
London Honey77 seemed like as good a profile name as any, given that I can rarely be bothered to travel outside of the M25 for a date (not even for bags of gold) and I’d imagine it was ‘honey’ (ahem) most men were looking for.
Here’s what I wrote on my profile – ‘I am a positive, fun-loving girl from London looking to meet somebody for good times, interesting conversation and plenty of fun.
Marketing firm Jana asked 1,500 18 to 30-year-olds in nine countries, pictured, where they go online when looking for a relationship.
Facebook was the most popular across the board, with Twitter coming in second and even My Space making the top three in certain regions The highest proportion of people who had met someone online was in Vietnam, at 67%, pictured, whereas only a quarter of people in Brazil said they had gone on online dates.