According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.
Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
She is listed on Free Ones since 2012 and is currently ranked 2988th place.
We've complied a list of the top 17 most popular sites, per Alexa, and highlighted the following stats for each: Since last year, MSN has fallen six places, down from #11, while Twitter has crept slightly up from its #9 spot.Amazon advanced most, moving up five positions since 2011, while Wordpress has slipped altogether from the list of the top 17 sites.Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.Here are the four most common dating scams and what you can do to avoid them.
Just like face-to-face dating, singles online try to put their best foot forward.Noticing What Isn't Right Engaging in Conversation Meeting the Person Community Q&A For most of us, finding love on the internet can be a gift from heaven.For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way.On the basis of just these scant facts, it seems incredible that a well-educated, successful and responsible woman would even consider handing over her life-savings to an apparent stranger – and yet chilling details from the trial hint at the sophisticated brainwashing involved.Based on the secret techniques of pick-up artists, the book contains step-by-step instructions on how to ensnare a victim, such as ‘Select a Target’, ‘Isolate the Target’, ‘Create an Emotional Connection’ and ‘Blast Last-Minute Resistance’.The world's favorite top four sites (see the slideshow to find out which they are) have remained the same since last year.