Internet dating agency land love
I’d always been attracted to mavericks, handsome men, who – after a year or so – made it clear they had no intention of settling down.
“Although I felt a bit of a loser, I joined an online dating agency.
'They were together for two years and he ended up losing half his house.’The internet dating scammers, usually conversing online with hundreds of potential victims using phony photos and false IDs, are often traced to criminal gangs in West Africa or Eastern Europe, and police struggle to bring them to justice.
The Online Dating Association did not respond to a request for comment.
It’s not as simple as some online dating services claim it is.
Singles, both men and women, are under attack from the fakes.
So, how can singles wade through the muck and find true love?
I filled forms about my interests, my opinions and my personal goals – which was having a family – something I’d been too frightened to mention to my exes in the early days for fear of scaring them off.
“But the men I was introduced to were told what I wanted and shared those dreams. From the off we were on the same page and then it was only a matter of finding someone I also found physically attractive and that was Mark, the third man I met.” Wilkinson is far from alone.
The resurgence comes after numerous horror stories of fraudsters preying upon victims through online dating to gull them into handing over large sums of money.
The latest figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau reveal 3,889 romance-seekers were duped into handing over £39 million to criminals last year.