Dating Scams Costing adults thousands

Some 37% of the scams , when a victim is convinced to make a payment to someone they believe they are in a relationship with after meeting on an online dating site , result in losses in excess of £5000 , with those aged between 45 and 64 the most likely victims, according to a poll commissioned by Barclays Bank. The bank said that this age group now represented more than half (55%) of all reported instances of dating scams.People looking for love on online dating apps have been warned to be very careful. Barclay's top tips for preventing dating scams are :

(1) When connecting with people online , get to know them and trust your instincts. Act with caution and learn more about someone before contacting him or her outside of the dating site.

(2) Take your time , especially when talking about yourself. You don't need to give out your life story the first time you chat , and you shouldn't.

(3) Be responsible and do your own research to learn more about someone and make informed decisions before you decide to meet. Check to see if the person you're interested in is on other dating sites. Do a web search to see if there are other records of the person online and , if possible, use a search engine search to check the profile photos. 

(4) Always keep your bank and account information private . There is no reason to ask you for money or your financial information.

(5) Report unacceptable or suspicious behaviour, trust your instincts and immediately stop communication with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable or apprehensive.

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