And then, if you still don’t here anything, move on.There are situations where the person messaging you could be a scammer trying to contact you for whatever reason.Put on your battle gear because dating has become a minefield strewn with fakes ready to blow up in your face …they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but at a price.“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.Maybe they got really busy, left town on vacation, or decided that online dating is just not their thing.
Singles, both men and women, are under attack from the fakes.
Again, anyone with five minutes of business experience already knows the answer, statistically speaking. But I doubt most of them know the percentage of fakes. I have seen a few dating sites this year with 95% fakes (quite obviously), so wait for more on this story.
The second group of people that knew the dirty truth long ago are the people who have spent more than sixty second on any of the big dating sites and also have an IQ over 80. The third group of people who knew all along about the fake profiles includes anyone who was a founder or early employee at any of the dating sites.
Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.
Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.