The course of true love never did run smooth – and it’s becoming even bumpier thanks to the rise of online match-making.
Luckless suitors fleeced out of thousands of pounds by the objects of their affections are yearning for the good old days of being let down gently.
And others are pining for the rainy nights when they got stood up, after paying sites run by crooks who have no intention of getting them even the offer of a date.
Forty per cent of people who use dating sites have discovered fake profiles and 20 per cent have been asked for cash by a potential match, a Which? And charity Citizens Advice has issued an alert about a spate of fake sites, which take up to £150 after promising a £5 fee and make it difficult for customers to cancel.
It also warned about con artists exploiting people looking for love – giving an example of a singleton who began an online romance with a Bulgarian woman.
After sending £7,000 so she could join him in Britain, he never heard from her again. warned: ‘It is important to protect yourself from scams and fake profiles on dating websites – particularly as they’re generally not liable for any financial loss you incur.
‘Be careful not to include identifying information or personal details that could be used to access your financial information.’ Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: ‘The age-old saying of “if it’s too good to be true it probably is” still stands.’ Visitors to dating sites – which have been used by one in four adults – are advised to be cautious of people who quickly ask to talk on an outside email or messaging service after the initial contact.
They should also be wary of users who claim to be British but say they are travelling or working abroad and need money.
Online dating has grown in popularity to the point where there is almost no social stigma attached to it.
With an estimated 1,000 online dating sites in existence, however, it can be hard to sift through all the options and decide which is the best site.
Opposites attract all the time, but too many opposites and no similarities won’t really help a relationship succeed.
When you have small differences, it makes them cute.
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