More and more love stories start with someone ‘swiping right’, thanks to dating apps that make it possible to meet people whose path you otherwise would not have crossed. 

But these dating apps also have a dark underbelly: they allow so-called ‘romance scammers’ to prey on victims without ever having to speak to them face-to-face – or even over the phone. 

In  2020 there was a 20 per cent increase in bank transfer fraud linked to romance scams compared to 2019, a recent survey revealed. Meanwhile, a staggering £68m was lost to digital dating scams in 2020.

As the winter nights draw in and ‘cuffing’ season begins, many singletons are stepping up the search for someone to couple up with before Christmas

But if you’re looking for the perfect match online, how can you be sure they’re in it for you, and not your cash?

Speaking to FEMAIL, UK-based online security expert Chris Parker, founder of WhatIsMyIPAddress.com, has shared seven red flags to look out for if you’re looking for love online…

UK-based online security expert Chris Parker, founder of WhatIsMyIPAddress.com, has shared seven red flags to look out for if you’re looking for love online. Stock image 

1. They travel frequently for work, are posted overseas, or live abroad

Chris explained online romance scammers often don’t live near you, or indeed even in the same country. This makes any in real life meeting much more difficult, removing one way of verifying that they are who they claim to…

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