Dating off online rip
This isn't a huge shock given that the You Gov pollsters found 9% of people lied about their age and 7% about their weight, and that 64% of women agree with the statement that "some of the people who do it are strange". But in some instances, this goes beyond the little white lie to orchestrated, malevolent scams. They strike up a seemingly innocent relationship, and after they have drawn you in, they start asking for money.
One common approach is the 'sick child' scam, where the online lover asks for a small sum for fundraising and if you pay, they start pushing for more and more.
Twenty years ago internet dating was just for a handful of techie types.
Now it has soared in popularity, with a You Gov survey finding 49% of men and 41% of women have used internet dating sites...
According to the Better Business Bureau in the US, complaints about dating sites are increasing every year.
The most common criticism is something these sites can't really be blamed for: bad matches.
And a lot of the time, you’re not just talking to one person behind each profile - you could be exchanging messages with a circle of fraudsters acting together, according to KIS Finance.
Sadly, a market this big is bound to breed its fair share of bad deals, rip-offs and out-and-out scams.
You know, regularly we receive typical story about a man who was tricked on -7-10 thousand dollars.
All of them have been trying their relationship with a woman from Russia and Ukraine.
But you don't need to fall victim to a scam in order to be ripped off by the process of finding love online.
The second biggest complaint is about high-pressure sales tactics. One of the biggest problems is individuals who felt they were tricked into a subscription, most commonly because they joined what they thought was a free service, and found that to use it properly they had to pay a fee.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.