Suddenly I had to stop doing new features and trying to acquire new users,” in order to keep up with squashing scammers.
There was no dedicated screening service at that time, Winchester says. Well, he did along with an acquaintance, Nick Tsinonis, who already had expertise using machine learning to help match dating site users based not on their expressed preference, but on behavior.
They do this through email, social media, dating websites and other website and apps.
Usually these scammers are pretending to be someone they’re not, using photos and identities of people they’ve found online.
Nancy is now facing bankruptcy, and although her case is extreme, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £10,000 according to Action Fraud.The pick-up line "I am not interested in games or drama" cracks the top 20, which sounds legitimate enough, but so does "having past events shape your life is one thing carrying the past as a burden that sits heavily upon your shoulders is not the way i view life."There are millions of scam online dating accounts created each month, says Scamalytics co-founder Dan Winchester.His company, which he founded in 2011, detects up to 250,000 per month, and was born out of a healthy combination of necessity and self-interest. The increase in online dating scammers, he says, has grown in step with the popularity of the sites and apps themselves.“As with all dating services, there came a point that it hit the radar of the scammers, and it suddenly became overrun.By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer."The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.
Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.