Jane Googled him and found what looked like an authentic Linked In page and social media profiles as well as information on the projects he claimed to be working on, which seemed legitimate.
After a couple of months, he said he had to go to the Middle East for an oil rig refurbishment and even sent Jane pictures of him in his hardhat on the rig.
But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
The female profile is in her 20s (29 was the most common age), and also has a high income.Not long after, Jane discovered an ex-colleague nearby had been scammed by the same man at the same time and she’d had a very lucky escape.So what can you do to avoid being a victim of an online dating scam?Her interest was initially piqued when he seemed to have a similar background and heritage to her and they chatted for almost two months, often exchanging messages for at least two hours an evening.There was only one thing that seemed a little odd to Jane: his syntax occasionally seemed a little unnatural for a native English-speaker, and when they spoke on the phone, something about his voice didn’t seem to match his pictures.She presents herself as a student, also with a degree and no interest in politics.She is 5’6”, has never been married, and has long brown hair and blue eyes.Jane advises meeting up with someone sooner rather than later - more often than not, scammers are based abroad and won’t be able to meet you.If you’re suspicious, turn to Google: search their name and “dating scam” or do a Google image search to see whether they’ve taken someone else’s picture or one that’s easily available online.There’s a new dating service I want to share with you. On their homepage, they write that the purpose of their site is to help you to meet thousands of European singles. Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.