Today January 3 is also set to be the UK’s busiest ever day for online dating, according to Match.com, with dating app users scrolling through an average of 43 profiles and message 22 people on their first day back in the office.
If one of your resolutions is to fall in love this year, statistics say you’ll have a better chance by getting yourself online with the rest of the capital’s young, social and connected singles - as an estimated one in five relationships are now forged on dating apps.
One of the most common techniques is to build up trust with the person by messaging for weeks or even months before suddenly having an emergency - the fake person being mugged but their daughter needing urgent surgery, for example - and asking for money.
But then they suddenly need money for rent too, then food, then medical fees, and it can quickly escalate.
But if you’ve recently abandoned the idea of meeting someone IRL and are just just getting into the game of swiping left and right, how do you know where to start?
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“A lot of the online dating fraudsters we know are abroad.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions,” Steve Profitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud explains.
Earlier this year, Vanity Fair declared Tinder as the ultimate place that twentysomethings go to “hit it and quit it”, claiming that the app was solely responsible for a “dating apocalypse”.
While die-hard romantics might agree, others say the app has revolutionised the process of hunting down no-strings fun at relatively little expense. But the pickier you are, the fewer matches you’ll receive, so if you’re looking for a casual hookup - get swiping.