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But only three in ten said they reported fake profiles when they saw one. director of campaigns Alex Neill said: ‘It’s important for people to be vigilant when using dating sites or apps and ensure they are not revealing personal data that then could be used by scammers.
‘We’ve found most dating sites are quick to act on reports of fake profiles and scam attempts, so we encourage anyone who sees a fake profile or is approached by a suspected scammer to report it.’ During this investigation, Which?
The revelation come in the most recent edition of c't computer magazine, which reports that the company has been pulling the trick for at least two years.
The magazine claims to have been shown documents which prove the claim.
A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.The guide isn't available for free, in fact, it was being sold for Bitcoins on a deep web marketplace.Bitcoin is cryptographic currency favoured by criminals as it allows semi-anonymous online transactions.Business Insider obtained a PDF guide that is sold online for just £2.59.It details how scammers operate fake dating site profiles in order to con men out of money.