Sadly on other occasions the fraudsters have been long gone along with the client’s money.
Joining a Dating website is as old as the Internet and most remain a wholly useful tool to meet your future partner, but increasingly those sites are being targeted by gangs who’s only interest is to fleece the unsuspecting.
A scammer is anyone using disingenuously to trick or scam other members, normally by asking for money.
Most Dating sites operate strict controls in an attempt to ‘vet’ their members but as they increasingly get more ‘savvy’ these experienced thieves regularly pass the vetting procedures and begin to trawl the site in search of the unwary.
Lets not beat about the bush here, these are highly organised gangs working out of a ‘factory like’ set up usually based, but not always, in the likes of Nigeria and the Ivory Coast where they invent a variety of persona and ply their trade online.
Selfies of women with low-cut vest tops were most commonly used, with female fraudsters describing themselves as a student, with no strong political leanings.
She is described as 5ft 6in, never married, and has a degree-level education.
With recent government figures saying that some 40,000 people have been victims of online dating scams, Insight Investigations can confirm that this is now becoming a major problem as our increasing client list proves.
Insight have taken on many such cases and, on occasions, have been able to reunite the client with some or all of their money.
If you go weak at the knees for a blue-eyed brunette, you could be headed for danger as experts have revealed these are some of the most common traits found in romance scammers.
With almost 8 million people using online dating in the UK, fraudsters know exactly how to get people clicking on their profiles and they'll make sure they use the right photographs to lure their victims in.
The most common fake male profile, meanwhile, has light brown hair and is in his forties.