Unfortunately, fraud is rife, and many criminals will try to con people out of their hard-earned money. This is what happened to Mark *, who didn’t realize he had been defrauded until it was too late – which caused the tragedy.
Mark has created a profile on a dating app in the hope of finding love, but the scammers are on the run, looking for someone else to date.
While they were using the app, a man approached Mark and they quickly started chatting.
Soon, the couple from the dating website are talking on the phone, but this is just the beginning of the nightmare.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mark said: “He’s got a lot of love.
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“He told me I should hand over the money and vouchers and he would collect them.”
The scammer told Mark that only a small investment of £50 would be needed to generate a huge return, and the prospect of making money seemed like a no-brainer.
As soon as Mark sent £50 in vouchers, the man told him there had been an error in the transaction, and he would like to send another £50.
But after this transaction, Mark’s suspicions were raised when the man kept asking for more licenses.
He realized he had been scammed when he refused to send another license, and the man became “unpleasant”.
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Mark added: “I was so embarrassed. I started making money and ended up losing £100 in a short time.
“My word of warning to others is don’t trust what people say behind the screen, especially when you don’t know them on screen!”
Unfortunately, Mark fell for what is often called a love scam, which can happen to those who are looking for love.
Love scams happen when someone shows interest in a romantic relationship with the intention of tricking someone into sending them money.
Barclays says this type of scam can cost victims £4,090 on average, and it’s easy for people to fall for.
As a result, the bank stressed the need for Britons to be vigilant when dating online, as many of these scams are carried out through technology platforms.
The most affected group are those aged 51 to 60, according to the bank, with this group accounting for more than a third of all money lost due to romance fraud.
Ross Martin, head of digital security at Barclays, said: “Dating apps can be a great way to meet people, but it’s important to remember that not everyone you talk to will have the best intentions.
“Fraudsters can use dating apps and dating websites to trick you into sending them money.
“There should be no pressure to do this. If something is suspicious or doesn’t look right, stop engaging with the profile and ask someone you trust for a second opinion.”
*Names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.