And how can you uncover a cheater without tumbling down the rabbit hole of morbid, life-consuming paranoia?
Four weeks before the smooth operator above offered to turn my feet into a trifle, I was creating 40 phony profiles on the world’s fastest growing dating site: OKCupid.
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A spokesman for the City of London Police warns: ‘The numbers we see are just the tip of the iceberg as people often do not report cases because they feel stupid for being deceived.’The campaign hopes to prevent the heartache and financial loss suffered by people such as David, who told The Mail on Sunday about being defrauded of his life savings in a dating scam.Romantics are preparing for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday but Cupid’s arrow has a costly outcome for an increasing number of single people searching for a soulmate.The booming £12billion online dating market is proving rich fodder for fraudsters who regularly trawl websites to hoodwink thousands of victims out of millions of pounds every year.Unfortunately that didn’t work, so I resorted to a combination of begging and promising them that their faces would be pixelated beyond recognition.Once they were on board and I had nice natural shots of 10 attractive men and women, I allocated them in pairs to five American cities. I wanted my bait to have the best possible chance of cheating on their nonexistent wives, husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends.