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“I wasn’t comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn’t get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you’re wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC. The online dating industry is now estimated to be worth in excess of billion globally, and with monthly membership fees hovering around the £30 mark, it seems love – or finding it at least – can actually cost quite a lot.AARP's Fraud Watch Network wants the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect users.It cites an FBI statistic that reports romance scams cost Americans more than million during the last six months of 2014."Individual scammers and highly organized groups attempt to steal hearts and wallets from online dating site users every day," said Doug Shadel, an AARP Fraud Watch Network expert.
Older online dating customers are in danger of being scammed out of money by fake sweethearts, and AARP is calling for dating websites to do more about it.
A recently released list, by a fraud-busting company called Scamalytics, of the top lines and photos used in profiles by online dating grifters shows that while the range of sophistication may vary, the end goal is always the same: To fleece romance-seekers out of their money.
The pick-up line "I am not interested in games or drama" cracks the top 20, which sounds legitimate enough, but so does "having past events shape your life is one thing carrying the past as a burden that sits heavily upon your shoulders is not the way i view life."There are millions of scam online dating accounts created each month, says Scamalytics co-founder Dan Winchester.
"The sites don't yet do enough to protect their members from known scammers."AARP is asking dating sites to use algorithms to detect suspicious language patterns used by scammers, search for fake profiles and educate members on how to avoid romance scammers.
Maybe most significant, it is asking dating sites to be more proactive, issuing alerts to members who have been in contact with someone using a fraudulent profile.