Academics, meanwhile, are fascinated by the data being gathered — and largely kept secret — by the dating industry.Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.“I was 33, had just broken up with my boyfriend and was beginning to think I’d never have a family life.I’d always been attracted to mavericks, handsome men, who – after a year or so – made it clear they had no intention of settling down.They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
Dadurch steigt aber auch die Gefahr, sich bei ungeschütztem Verkehr mit Geschlechtskrankheiten anzustecken.
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.
“But the men I was introduced to were told what I wanted and shared those dreams. From the off we were on the same page and then it was only a matter of finding someone I also found physically attractive and that was Mark, the third man I met.” Wilkinson is far from alone.
One in five relationships in the UK starts online, according to recent surveys, and almost half of all British singles have searched for love on the internet.
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