By analysing the top 3,000 scammer profiles (that is, those they’ve come across most frequently in profiles blocked by their software in the last year) they’ve discovered what constitutes the ‘most attractive’ female and male propositions to those targeted by romance scammers.
A new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has found that last year, singles were conned out of £39 million by fraudsters they’d met on dating sites and apps.
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
He added: 'I do accept she didn't believe she was committing a crime although she was adopting a dishonest trick.'She claims to have been confused by her sexuality and inspired by a TV programme called Catfish to adopt a false identity in the hope of finding a happy ending with a female partner.'I accept this is a situation the defendant currently believes but I don't accept it was her real thinking at the time of the offences.'Doubts about sexual orientation are common in young people and can be, and are, widely tested without pretending to be a man to deceive an underage girl, let alone two.'It is obtaining sexual gratification by deception.'Timms cried and wiped her eyes in the dock after being jailed.
She must sign on the sex offender register and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order restricting internet use for 10 years, and will be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults indefinitely.
Each time she sat in a darkened room with her face hidden from view and spoke in a man's voice, Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, heard.
When the girls asked why they could not see 'him', Timms would reply it was because she 'did not look good'.
“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
A young woman who posed as a man to trick two teenage girls into performing sex acts on themselves and send explicit images online was today jailed for three years.