Christine Davis, a design student who was duped by a fake profile, set up this particular site and wants to support others who have been targeted.
Davis calls it the “Nigerian advance fee scam,” as it is thought that the majority of spammers are based in Western Africa.
They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.
But it’s a thorny issue - and one that must be tackled, as more and more of us turn to the online dating.
No longer do we see tabloid headlines screaming ‘meet the couple who found love ON THE INTERNET!
What’s more, a study by dating site e Harmony, estimated that seven in ten couples will have done so by 2040 – with 55 to 64-year-olds experiencing the biggest boom (an expected 30 per cent rise between 20).
Of course, exchanging a barrage of emails – even phone calls or Skyping– can seem more secure.
Dater, beware: steer clear of these tell-tale online dating profile warning signs.1. If he describes himself with the phrase “I’m just your average guy…,” take his word on it. Listens to jazz and reads Kundera and loves action movies and beer! Broken-hearted, newly single people don’t look for new friends on an online dating site. Go ahead and go out with him, but don’t say I didn’t warn you when he gently suggests you order the tofu at every meal you eat together. This is the sign of a man who has had little interaction with real, in-the-flesh women, and it should probably stay that way. Steer clear or be prepared to drink heavily on the date, especially if he focuses a lot of attention on that last one.
The online dating profile is the place to sell yourself, so if he has nothing impressive to say there, better bring your uppers to the first date! — is more involved than anything he can muster up about himself (“I’m smart and have a good sense of humor”), he’s telling you that he’s looking for a type of woman more so than anything else. And if you are indeed the embodiment of the sporty, sassy, fascinating, beautiful woman of this guy’s dreams? Listen, buddy, no one likes someone who’s high-maintenance and high-drama and a cheater and a liar.
For this reason, Cupid.com, the online dating network behind and Black Match.com, announced a partnership this month with Rec Sys Ltd, an anti-scammer technology. With the new system, any individual identified as a scammer is added to the master database, which other online dating companies can access.
To identify rogue behavior, the algorithm factors in the user’s login location, IP address, profile photo, and behavior patterns.
’ For Britain’s 16 million singles, looking for love online is the norm.
Studies have suggested that anything between 35 and 50 per cent of all couples in the UK, now meet via the web.
[Update: the site contacted us to notify us of the precautions they have in place, including a human editor who responds to complaints and reports, and Threat Metrix, a cybercrime prevention software.] “On some dating sites, as many as one out of 10 profiles is a scammer,,” Mark Brooks, editor of Online Personals Watch told Glamour.