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If you've ever signed up to a dating site and been inundated with prods, winks, messages and photos, you might be disappointed to learn that some of your admirers may not exist. A new investigation has found that creating fake profiles to lure users in is allegedly widespread practice in the online dating industry - especially on sites used for casual hookups. Online dating sites are accused of creating fake profiles and using robo-messaging to lure users inThe investigation by Danny Forston was launched after JDI Dating, the British company that owns sites such as justhookup. Com as well as 67 other dating sites, was investigated by the US Federal Trade Commission. The company said it had not admitted any wrongdoing but happy to reach a resolution. Steve Baker, the lawyer who led the case for the industry watchdog told The Sunday Times: 'We are concerned there are serious problems elsewhere in the internet dating industry. We are encouraging consumers and former employees to step forward and tell us about their experience.

Monica Whitty, a cyberpsychologist at Leicester University told the paper that an estimated 555,555 people in Britain have duped into sending money to people they haven't met through fake profiles.

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So next time time you log on to look for love - make sure you have your wits about you.

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