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An OK Cupid survey in 2010 found that most of its subscribers had lied about everything from their height to their income.
Our own survey found that one in five online daters have been asked for money by someone they were contacting, and two in five have stumbled across fake profiles.
In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.
(It is estimated that only 15 percent of fraud victims report their losses to law enforcement, so the real numbers are probably higher.) As one result, fear of a horrible first date is just one of the things a would-be online dater has to worry about. “Most people think the victims are middle-aged women who can't get a date, but I have worked with men and women of all ages—doctors and lawyers, CEOs of companies, people from the entertainment industry—who you’d never think in a million years would fall for these scams but do,” says Barb Sluppick, who runs romancescams.org, a watchdog site and online support group.