Commander Chris Greany, the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime at City of London Police, said criminals target those who they consider vulnerable and more likely to fall for scams: “Our intelligence tells us that people aged 50-59 are the most likely to become a victim of dating fraud and therefore need to be especially careful when going online in search of a partner.” Follow our tips to discover the danger of online dating and how to protect yourself.If something goes wrong, you might feel too ashamed or embarrassed to act, but you must. It’s not just the financial loss, it’s also the emotional turmoil. The process varies between websites, for instance has a ‘Report this profile’ option.It’s up to you what you share with someone online when you don’t really know the person.Using a profile photo from Facebook is fine if you’re not worried about being completely anonymous, but be cautious about how many images you share.
Some 3,889 online dating-related fraud incidents were reported, resulting in a record loss of £39m.
Whether you are 20, 40 or 60, the internet has changed the way we form romantic relationships.
In the past you met your partner through friends, at work or from socialising, now we meet people using apps, social media and dating websites.
Any potential dates will likely run your name through a detailed Internet search.
They may find your office location on Linked In, your address tagged in an Instagram post, or your phone number linked to a Craigslist ad.