It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.
A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
If that online dating profile sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
One in ten profiles is fake, according to research from dating website Seeking Arrangement.com, which deletes more than 200 fraudulent accounts every day.
I wrote previously on romance scams ( ) and, from time to time, I have received comments and requests from women (they were all women) who were scammed or were wondering if they were being scammed.
Because such communications have shown a sharp increase recently, I suspect that these scammers 1) are getting better, 2) have become more numerous, or 3) have, for some reason, ramped up their attacks.
They will painstakingly craft a fake profile and begin targeting people that are looking for love.
“We’re not talking about lying about your age or weight; we’re talking about scammers who are trying to take your money,” CEO Brandon Wade told the Daily News.
More than million is stolen every year in romance scams, according to the FBI.
“In reality, Native Americans represent less than 2% of our population.” The bogus accounts are more likely to belong to a woman (71%) than a man (29%).
Catholicism is the most common religion among the fake profiles.