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A scammer’s classic ploy is to lure their target away from the relative safety of the dating website.David says: ‘We started emailing each other instead.He claimed to be a widower in his late-40s with a teenage daughter.Julie, then 47, believed he was from the American Midwest, a career soldier and an animal-lover who was fond of travel and looking for a long-term relationship.
Winchester says scammers typically use photos of classically attractive women, often blue-eyed brunettes aged about 30, which are lifted from glamour websites, to reel in 50-something males.
He says: ‘We help websites share intelligence, so if a scammer targets someone on one website this will be flagged up to others.’Classic signals that a fraudster is at work include the use of fake photos, culled from other websites, or overly elaborate language on their profile.
Winchester says: ‘Sometimes they use the same photos, but with different profiles, which is another red flag.’Many romance scams are even carried out by ‘bots’ – whose questions and responses are automated using artificial intelligence software.
He says: ‘I was encouraged to take up a hobby and have been ballroom dancing several nights a week.
It has been great as therapy and for making friends.‘I’ve only just started to be able to trust people again.