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They reveal hardships that only you can fix, and although they send gifts or flowers at first, they ultimately ask for favors or gifts of money.

If it wasn’t for online dating, most of my generation would be single.

In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.

He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.

If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.

Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.

Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.

Only yesterday, a court heard how a group of women using were allegedly conned out of £220,000 by a gang posing as ‘attractive middle-aged men’.People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.It’s not a good feeling to have been taken advantage of, and a scheme that’s so obvious in hindsight is even harder to admit to. If you date online, take precautions to protect yourself.The victims are largely in their mid-40s to late 50s, with each gender as likely to fall prey to scams, said Sgt. Some have been cheated out of more than 0,000, he said."It's devastating, some of them have lost all their savings... "The victims are basically falling for that person, they have some type of affection going on, and the scammers take advantage of that," he said.

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