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It was only when her money transfer was blocked due to a security alert around the man’s name that she realised something was wrong.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.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.
She was all set to meet him at the airport when he suddenly messaged saying his funds had dried up and he needed £5,000.
Last month we dove into the dark side of internet dating and looked at romance scams and why people keep falling for them.
With the foundation in place, we want to move further and look at exactly what a moderator should be looking out for to catch romance scams so they can remove those fake profiles before they target your users.
Jane*, a middle-aged woman from Warwickshire, had a lucky escape a few years ago when she very nearly handed over a sizeable sum of money to an online scammer who did in fact claim to be an engineer.
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.