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Some of the contact details were genuine, including the addresses pefsonals academics, a House of Lords life peer and BBC employees, all of whom said they had never used a dating website. Transgender chat said: "We'd steal someone's identity through say My Space or something, we'd take someone from a totally different country, ie.
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It was all fake and under the pretence that it was real. However, on one of their sites, Flirt Naughty, investigations uncovered profiles of women within five miles Hogha Gerraidh in the Western Isles. In reality fewer than people live within five miles of the tiny petsonals. On Cupid.
Other lonely hearts complained that they were inundated with messages, then when they paid the subscription fee to reply interest in their profile dried up completely. And then, you know, as soon as your subscription lapsed then hey-ho all of these people suddenly re-appeared again, like mushrooms.
The dating sites say any fake profiles have been set up by scammers, which they claim is an industry wide issue which they were working to combat. Usdate owner Edgars Apalais denies selling information that is fake or passed on without the consent of those concerned.
Tainted Love: Secrets of Online Dating will be shown tonight at 8.