Case: The six, who were arrested by Hampshire Police, are alleged to have asked women to hand over cash to men they met on the site.They were remanded in custody at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court (pictured) today 'While the authorities and dating sites work closely together to ensure a safe environment on the internet, we encourage everyone to apply the same caution when meeting people online as they would meeting through friends or in a bar.Professor Whitty, said: "Our data suggests that the numbers of British victims of this relatively new crime is much higher than reported incidents would suggest."It also confirms law enforcement suspicions that this is an under-reported crime, and thus more serious than first thought.Here’s a few pointers and helpful reminders to get you started:1.Your Profile Photo This is your chance to be in the spotlight!But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
The study, led by Professor Monica Whitty, a psychologist and Professor of Contemporary Media at the University of Leicester, and Dr Tom Buchanan, a psychologist at the University of Westminster, surveyed more than 2,000 people through an online You Gov survey.
"It may well be that the shame and upset experienced by the victims deters them from reporting the crime.
We thus believe new methods of reporting the crime are needed." Professor Whitty added that the results of the research suggest warnings about the fraud are reaching about half of the British population: "This provides us with a marker for future research in preventive measures," she said.
"This is a concern not solely because people are losing large sums of money to these criminals, but also because of the psychological impact experienced by victims of this crime.
"It is our view that the trauma caused by this scam is worse than any other, because of the 'double hit' experienced by the victims - loss of monies and a 'romantic relationship'.