If you go weak at the knees for a blue-eyed brunette, you could be headed for danger as experts have revealed these are some of the most common traits found in romance scammers.
With almost 8 million people using online dating in the UK, fraudsters know exactly how to get people clicking on their profiles and they'll make sure they use the right photographs to lure their victims in.
By pulling data from these profiles, they have created the average male and female scammer profiles - including everything from their age to their hair, job, eye colour and posture.
They found the most common female profile, set up for romance scamming purposes, is a brunette in her twenties (29 was the most common age) with blue eyes.
(The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported that in 2015, Canadians lost over $16.9 million in romance scams.)“When the scammers go very far to the extent of maybe ripping off their victims, these victims usually don’t come out to report such information because it’s kind of an embarrassing thing. senior swindled out of $300,000 in online romance scam Obada admits she has fallen for online datingscams in the past, which is what motivated her to find out what security measures others were using because she thought there weren’t enough formal systems in place to weed out the bad apples.
It’s a tricky situation,” said Carleton University’s Borke Obada, a computer science graduate student who conducted a preliminary research study on the topic. READ MORE: Online romance scams bilk Canadians out of nearly $14M in 2014Obada found that most users of online datingsite had a difficult time striking the right balance between sharing too much information on their dating profiles and not sharing enough.“[Our interview subjects] testified to the fact that when they were trying to be safe and they decided to screen the information they put out there, they realized they weren’t getting as much dating requests as possible,” Obada told Global News.
Canada was ranked seventh in the world for being most susceptible to online scams according to a 2015 survey.