Credit Donkey, a data-driven finance and jeweler comparison site, says that in 2011 alone, online con artists duped their victims out of more than million in money and property.
Lots of the time their story will be that they’re in a foreign country and don’t have the means to pay for travel expenses to come see you. An infographic created by e Harmony shows that more than half of Americans fabricate parts or all of their dating profiles — a statistic attributed to the global research agency Opinionmatters.
But the increased number of rapes indicates that you need to keep your wits about you when meeting strangers.
As with anything in life, there can be some risks with online dating, but there can also be a lot of rewards — love being one of them.
We’ve gathered several statistics about the dangers of online dating (not to worry you but to inform you) as well as five ways you can protect yourself from potential predators.
Online services are an easy, convenient and relatively safe way of forming a relationship, the National Crime Agency said.
But the rapport you can build so rapidly through texts and email also has a dark side because the online services also are producing a "new type of sexual offender." These offenders are less likely to already have a criminal record than most stranger rapists.
Striking up a romance through a dating site or app is a well-established method of meeting people in 2016.