Nancy*, a 47-year-old single mother from North Yorkshire was conned out of over £350,000 that way: “I wasn't comfortable, and then I got so far in I couldn't get myself out, and I didn't want to walk away having lost £50,000 or what-have-you, so you keep going in the hope that you're wrong and this person is genuine,” she explained to the BBC.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.Those who selected from a large pool and had the ability to reverse their choice were the least satisfied with their selected partner after one week."There can be more regret when they know there are other options," D'Angelo says.The findings — published in journal Researchers looked at the digital dating preferences and contact behavior from online dating website RSVP, which represented Australians between the ages of 18 and 80.According to a press release from QUT, the team analyzed 219,013 participant interactions by 41,936 online daters on the site over a four-month span last year.
The reported that over 65 percent of the examined messages were sent to users who matched one or none of the criteria.
Additionally, one third of the site’s "first contact" messages were sent to people who did not match any of the desirable traits that users had listed on their profiles.
In the world of online dating, choosing a screen name starting with a letter from the first half of the alphabet is as important as an attractive photo and a fluent headline, researchers have found.
Jonathan D'Angelo, doctoral candidate in Communication Science, and Catalina Toma, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts, recently had their findings published in the print edition of Media Psychology.
"Online dating is very popular but the sheer popularity of it is creating some issues," Toma says.
As many as 40 percent of Americans currently use online dating platforms, according to e Harmony.