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“When using any dating site, you need to exercise caution and take the time to get to know people,” says Neate.
“If someone asks to borrow money from you having never met you, you should refuse to do so, no matter what sob story they give.” The same applies to giving out any credit card or account details online.
“People should never agree to a video call with someone they don’t know.” Read 'The 10 most common scams'.
Recent figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reveal online dating fraud is on the rise, with a 33% increase in fraud cases in 2014, compared to 2013.
In that time, many thousands of pounds may have changed hands.
Some individuals are being tricked into parting with vast sums of money by fraudsters posing as military personnel based overseas who claim they require funds for flights home or to supplement their income before they are paid.
Conmen often consider older women to be ideal targets, because they are usually wealthier and more vulnerable than their younger counterparts.
For example, just a few months ago, newspapers reported the story of 61-year-old retired British teacher, Judith Stillwell, who handed her Kenyan husband £25,000 from her savings before discovering he was duping more than 40 “lovers” across the world.