Just take this recent study backed by The UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency (their version of the FBI): They found as many as 200,000 British daters have been duped by online romance schemes – 2% of the population.Scammers love to target dating sites because they're often chock-full of prime candidates for fraud: people (usually women) over age 40 who are divorced, widowed, elderly or disabled.According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.Rivals such as e Harmony offer similar protections, as does AARP's dating service provider, How About We — which, like Match.com, is a member of the Match Group of sites owned by the media company IAC/Inter Active Corp.Among the more sophisticated verification methods, Brooks says, is the principle of social authentication — in which profile information is matched with data from the user's social media accounts to better verify that the person is real.
In June 2015, the group will issue a call to action aimed at the dating industry, urging all companies to adopt more stringent verification and fraud-fighting technologies.
You can learn more about this effort and also sign this online petition.
For now, it's largely up to dating service users to protect themselves: Don't assume you're safe just because you trust the company or brand.
But now it became a long list of names of individual scammers!
After reading the horror stories of this page many men say they feel frustrated with the whole thing. As a volunteer editor of this little forum, I can say that nothing can be further from the truth.