And while by far the most popular of these scams — fake profiles promoting escort services — will be familiar to anyone who uses Tinder in the U.
S., the remaining scams could be drawn straight from The Sting or The Grifters.
While the pricey restaurant scam mostly targets men, the so-called "swindler" scams more often take advantage of unsuspecting women.
For example, in the fascinating "flower basket" con, a profile representing an "attractive mid-aged man" contacts a middle-aged woman and, over time, develops an entirely online romantic relationship with her.
Action Fraud, the UK's organisation for fraud and cyber crime, advises that, when it comes to online dating, people should avoid giving away too many personal details including their date of birth and home address.