But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
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Today, with slick interfaces and “yes or no” swiping, mobile dating apps like Tinder and Hinge, have completely revolutionized how people find love.
And a lot of the time, you’re not just talking to one person behind each profile - you could be exchanging messages with a circle of fraudsters acting together, according to KIS Finance. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all, but their number one criteron make sense to us: an emphasis in profile questions on mutual interests and honest self-representation over looks and sexual prowess. Bowling Green State University professors of gerontology, Dr. The study authors also delved into the question of which features make a dating site a good fit for seniors.Social analytics firm Socialbakers’ data also shows how Bumble is receiving increasingly high levels of engagement, despite being a relative newcomer.The app — in which girls must initiate the conversation with their matches first — saw over 3,000 interactions with its fans on Facebook between July and October.But while these apps are all about helping people make social connections, it is interesting to see how socially savvy on other platforms they are themselves.“Every brand — especially one catering to millennials — is expected to be online and have some kind of persona there,” said Mary Leigh Bliss, chief content officer at YPulse.Number of Fan Posts and Mentions Match.com’s users seem to be the most interactive, posting more than 9,000 posts on its Facebook wall between January and October 2015, according to Unmetric.Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel followed next, with a couple of hundred fans each posting on their walls.Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.