After discovering that his headshot consistently showed in hoax dating profiles (thanks to a Google alert), Army Master Sgt. “Over the past few years, I’ve seen these scammers use all kinds of photos removed from open Facebook pages, blogs, official military websites, and command pages,” he wrote in a blog post last month.“I’ve also seen my own photos and name used.” (The image of Grisham that was used by scammers is pictured, left) With a few of the largest player like OKCupid, Match, and others, there are precautionary measures in place.Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.In many cases, the victim will not only have lost out financially, but will also be left broken-hearted and thoroughly disillusioned.In some cases the scammers may be the one to create a profile on a dating site and wait for a potential victim to contact them.Typically, the profile will include a photograph of a very attractive young woman who will have no trouble attracting would-be suitors.Within hours of the expected arrival time, an emergency will strike: A work visa has expired, or their aunt/niece/child is sick and they need a few thousand dollars to be wired over so they can finally meet their intended.In many cases, scammers will choose to use pictures of military personnel. Grisham set up a personal blog for soldiers to report their photo being used on online dating sites.
People aged 50 and older represent 25 percent of membership on the popular dating site -- a 45 percent jump in the last five years, a spokesman said. It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.An increasing number of people have found life-partners via relationships started online.Sadly however, scammers have managed to effectively exploit this trend to further their own nefarious ends.But not everyone who hopes to find a mate online is falling blissfully in love.