Fake profiles on dating sites
It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.
A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.
He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.
But how tempting it must have been to receive a come-on message from a comely stranger who allegedly lived nearby.
JDI Dating describes itself as "one of the leading online-dating companies." However, the fine might suggest that one of its strengths is leading customers on to pay monthly memberships of between and .
Pictures, names, email addresses, dates of birth and detail of the sexual orientation of unsuspecting members of the public are being purchased by dating websites to create false profiles of attractive people, it has been claimed.
When it does, you tend to be vulnerable to its charms.
This seems to be a reality exploited by some dating sites that entice you to pay money for their services.
The dating sites say any fake profiles have been set up by scammers, which they claim is an industry wide issue which they were working to combat.
Cupid, which had a revenue of £81million last year, maintained that the communications with profiles set up by the programme had been genuine, and explained that subscribers may receive fewer messages as “we promote them less broadly on the website to focus their attention on key messages".
Search for fake profiles on dating sites:
One perfect match was “Kazb”, who was using a photograph of Karen Bartke, an actress appearing in several prime-time dramas, including Monarch of the Glen.