In an interview with Glamour Magazine, Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch, discussed the dangers of online dating, saying “On most dating sites, one out of 10 profiles is a scammer.” In fact, a study conducted by researchers at Cornell and Michigan State Universities found that 80 percent of online daters lie about their age, height, or weight.
There are several ways to determine if you could be falling prey to an online scam artist.
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.
Look for any other descriptions that don’t add up to the profile photo.
Forty-eight was the most common age found across the profiles.
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.
Every year, thousands of people are dragged into Internet scams through online dating sites.
The scenario is pretty common: A scammer will pretend to be someone they’re not, profess their love to an unsuspecting romantic, then manage to weasel thousands of dollars out of them within a matter of months or sometimes weeks.