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‘We’ve found most dating sites are quick to act on reports of fake profiles and scam attempts, so we encourage anyone who sees a fake profile or is approached by a suspected scammer to report it.’ During this investigation, Which?

heard from Deborah*, who reported that she’d lost £4,000 to a dating scam last year in what she described as a ‘horrid situation’ that caused considerable distress. He presented himself as a business consultant working in the oil industry who was often out of the country.

Take heed of the following red flags and you'll be much more aware, prepared and ready should someone try and take advantage of you.

Have you ever exchanged emails with someone you met through an internet dating site, just to wonder if its the same person who is replying to your messages each time?

Online dating fraud has cost victims £27 million collectively over the last year, according to police figures..

Use our advice to spot fake online dating profiles and to protect yourself when using dating sites and apps.Deborah initially refused to send money, insisting that Steven must know someone else who could help.Steven pushed harder, becoming frantic and desperate saying she was the only one who could.from people concerned they've been scammed by a single looking for love, and the U. Postal Service has created a video about the same topic on its Fake website.So how do you avoid falling prey to an internet dating scam in the first place?After a few weeks of regularly speaking through online messaging, email and a couple of telephone calls, they arranged to meet.