Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.
Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.
Again, anyone with five minutes of business experience already knows the answer, statistically speaking. But I doubt most of them know the percentage of fakes. I have seen a few dating sites this year with 95% fakes (quite obviously), so wait for more on this story.
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.
So, how can singles wade through the muck and find true love?
It’s not as simple as some online dating services claim it is.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.