In Portugal it is estimated, according to (which rates on-line dating sites), that there are some 750 matrimonial and dating websites with memberships up to 400,000 people, with the organization estimating roughly between 10-20% of the adverts are fake. Basically on line dating falls into the various groups: “Social Dating” - predominately “flirt” services for mobile devices targeting the younger; demographic, lower price segment; “Online Personals” – mainstream services for searching through personals by oneself, most often includes a chat feature, middle price segment; “Matchmaking” - Matching of couples based on a psychological matching process, higher price segment ; “Adult-Dating” for erotic contact and Niche dating specializing for like seniors, single parents, plus-sized, alternative lifestyles.
There are over 1,500 of these websites in the UK, however most are small online personal sites; only 25 have over 100,000 active members.
In one high profile case in September, two men were convicted of scamming 12 women out of nearly £250,000 via a dating website, one of whom lost £174.000.
In Australia this year some 43 people have lost more than 0,000 each through on-line dating fraud.
The sequence goes something like the following: 1) you are approached on your online dating site by somebody from abroad, or who claims to live in the UK but work abroad - usually Nigeria, but also quite often countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast, and other west African countries.In the USA today 33% of couples have met online and by 2040 this number is predicted to rise to 70%.The China dating application Momo, launched in 2011, has 100 million registered accounts and 40 million monthly active users.There are some well-established free dating sites such as Zoosk, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish, but although the sites themselves are reputable, some of the users might not be so trustworthy.You’re less likely to meet a scammer or a time-waster if you’re prepared to fork out a membership fee.