Dating scams back in the news

Online dating has opened up a world of possibilities for meeting new people, but it comes with its own new dangers; in particular that you have to be very careful about the identity and intentions of the people that you meet.

It could be a systematic scam taking hundreds of thousands, as with this story from the Mirror, with 19 British victims reported, or it could be a few hundred pounds as in this cautionary tale from the Banbury Guardian – again the victim was found via a dating site.

There are lots of ordinary nice people out there too, but if you are putting your trust in someone that you’ve only met online then you could be asking for trouble. Take the time to protect yourself and check them out first – it’s easy to do on