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Scam artists on internet dating sites

According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).

The life he described would all be theirs, if they could just get those few final obstacles out of the way…Dating fraud is becoming more sophisticated, more successful – and more devastating to its victims.They wrote profiles that seemed absolutely perfect.It was pretty easy to see a match and identify him or her as too good to be true.Just like the Internet, fraud tactics evolve over time.There was a time when con men used cheesy photos of models from magazines.He says he’s single, honest and looking for love – just like you, in fact.

All he needs is a little money to get him through a tricky situation…

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, online romance scams account for higher financial losses than any other internet-based crime.

It’s not uncommon for victims to lose tens of thousands of dollars.

However an obvious con man is out of the business very quickly, so their tactics have improved.

Here is a list of some of the “new and improved” ways con men are trying to get your attention. Con men look more average than ever Con men now use very average photos in their profiles.

*Names have been changed to protect identities En español She wrote him first. In the summer, when the trees leafed out, you couldn't even see the road or the neighbors. She'd grown up here, in a conservative pocket of Virginia. When it came to meeting new people, however, her choices were limited. The holidays were coming, and she didn't want to face them alone.