Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.
But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
The scheme is as follows: they start their at first romantic and then sincere and trustful relationship, but lately they send money being in love and embarrassed with lovers problem, as true helping hand.
But as soon as some different and unusual things appear they cause suspicious feelings what makes them pause with money sending, thereafter a woman disappears.
She signed up with but says after the first month, "for many reasons, I decided it wasn't for me". She explains: "When I looked at my bank account, I realised I'd already been charged £34.99 for another month, and to add insult to injury it had sent me overdrawn." She admits that the company hadn't actually done anything wrong: "doesn't hide the fact that it automatically renews, it's there in the small print, but I had forgotten and I didn't get an email letting me know the renewal date was coming up." Whether it's the legal but unpopular sales techniques, or the illegal criminal activity, there are plenty of ways in which online dating can be dangerous and expensive.
No one ever said finding love was easy, but surely it was never supposed to be so hard – and expensive?
Of course, they have never met each other in real life.They may also ask for photos or for you to appear on the webcam, and then if you try to call a halt to the scam they threaten to blackmail you.So how can you avoid falling foul of these criminals?A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.There are some tell-tale signs: they avoid talking about their personal life in detail; they immediately want to start calling you 'babe' or something equally easy for them to remember; they move fast, and after investing a few weeks stringing you along, start asking for photos or money; their spelling and grammar is pretty awful; and they want to move off the site fairly quickly, preferring to get you to use instant messaging. Ask detailed questions about where they claim to live, and check out the answers.