Emotions run high when we want to impress a new crush - and now scammers have found ways to make their love-blind victims hand over more than £10,000.
Love changes us; Valentine’s Day can get us forking out the cash, sending an X-rated card, or ready to make the split.
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online wants to warn internet love-seekers about the “huge emotional impact” that dating fraud can create.
"Anyone who has fallen in love knows how easy it is to get swept up in the romance of it all and let their heart rule their head, so we're urging people to take a little caution when meeting someone new online."Daily Star Online can now reveal the methods that tricksters use to sweet-talk us out of our hard-earned cash.
‘Template’ emails - foreigners who want to earn a quick buck can now buy fake profiles and even model emails to send to potential victims.
The criminal may not speak fluent English, but they carefully follow the pre-made script.
Look out for stock phrases such as ‘if you are looking for a serious relationship’ and notice if the user is keen to take the chat off the dating site platform and onto social media or email.
Visa scams - foreign nationals who are desperate to gain legal status in the UK are now using social media sites more and more to trick someone into a hasty marriage.
Meet Me, Tagged, POF, Badoo, Hi5 and Netlog are just some of the social sites where such scams operate.
A big age gap, no true common interests and a relationship that quickly becomes sexual can all be signs that your new fiance is only looking for a Visa. The Online Dating Agency warns it “may take time” for a fraudster to ask for money, so don’t assume their financial woes are the real deal if they wait weeks or months to beg you for cash.