How to use dating sites safely
If you’ve been scammed for money from someone you met online, inform the website immediately. You should also report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and crime reporting centre.
Dating websites usually aren’t liable for losses you incur while using them, unless you can argue that the service wasn’t provided with reasonable care and skill, or there were checks the website said it would carry out and didn’t.
For example, make sure the profile picture doesn’t look different to their description of themselves. Has your ‘date’ told you they are university educated, but their English is very poor?
We asked 1,000 dating-website users how they identify fake profiles, and they told us they are suspicious if: Half of respondents also said that they trust their gut feeling when identifying a fake profile.
Different websites have different policies for reporting profiles, although not all of them vet profiles or moderate content.
If you think a profile is fake or suspicious, check the website for details on how to report it and follow the process.
Sometimes they will create a bogus, dreamy profile that sounds like the ideal mate you’ve described in your own dating profile.
They will try to play on your sympathy and strike when you are the most vulnerable.
But the profile is fake and the dating scammer uses the person’s trust by playing on their emotions.If anyone does ask you for money, alarm bells should ring immediately, and you should report this to the dating website.Finally, never click on a link within an email, as this could be an also intended to extract money from you in some way.If you’re talking to someone you’ve contacted online, be careful not to share your personal information.This includes credit card details and details such as which bank you’re with, your pet’s name or your mother’s maiden name, which could be used to access financial information.
Once they have gained your trust and your defences are down, they will ask you, either subtly or directly, for money, gifts, or your banking or credit card details.