Online dating figures
Online dating figures
If you’re in two minds always consult with a trusted friend or family member who will be able to view the situation objectively and provide some sound advice.It is also very important that if you think you are being targeted or have been a victim of dating fraud that you report it to Action Fraud.
Tony Neate, CEO at Get Safe Online, commented: “It’s great when you click with someone online, just make sure you’re clicking safely!
From April 2013 to March 2014, there were 2,037 cases of dating scams reported to Action Fraud, with the 651 scams over the summer marking an acceleration.
The online dating websites say there is little they can do to restrict this type of fraud.
Sharing this information will help us identify and track down the criminals who are callously attempting to capitalise on people who are simply searching for love.”* 9 months to 31 December 2014** 9 months to 31 December 2013Read more on the Get Safe Online website.
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Though hesitant, she eventually made the transfers and went on to send a further £44,500 to Mr Cole for various travel costs, accommodation, and to help him with his business.
Ms Parke realised her mistake when Mr Cole failed to arrive at Birmingham airport where they had agreed to meet so that he could go to the bank with her and return her money.A spokesman for Match.com, Britain's most well-known dating site, said people should apply the same common sense as if in a bar or a pub."This includes never giving money to anyone – just as you would never give money to someone you recently met in a pub or café – and not sharing personal contact details that take conversations off the site," he said.If you are a victim of fraud you can call Action Fraud on 03 or use our online fraud reporting tool and receive a police crime reference number.Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.