He said: “Ten-thousand pounds is a staggering amount for the average online dater to lose to a fraudster who they’ve been led to believe is the real deal.”Mr Neate said some people had lost their savings and homes after handing over cash to criminals.Around £40million was stolen in dating scams last year but it is feared many victims are too embarrassed to come forward.An inquest was told how Mr Doney, from Grimsby, had visited a website specialising in holidays for people looking for love when he began chatting to someone he believed was a prospective partner in the summer of 2015.His sister, Gillian Doney, said he was intending to meet the woman during the trip but the rendezvous never materialised.the fall of 1964, on a visit to the World’s Fair, in Queens, Lewis Altfest, a twenty-five-year-old accountant, came upon an open-air display called the Parker Pen Pavilion, where a giant computer clicked and whirred at the job of selecting foreign pen pals for curious pavilion visitors. Within a year, more than five thousand subscribers had signed on. It would invite dozens of matched couples to singles parties, knowing that people might be more comfortable in a group setting. They wound up in the pages of the New York subscriber.
A year later, Altfest and Ross had a prototype, which they called Project , an acronym for Technical Automated Compatibility Testing—New York City’s first computer-dating service. She was the station’s first female reporter, and she had chosen, as her début feature, a three-part story on how New York couples meet.“We know that losing what felt like a trusting and very real relationship is often what is most difficult to come to terms with.“We want to encourage anyone who may have been affected by this to seek help.“People shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed if they have been tricked in this way.” Andrew Mc Clelland, boss of the Online Dating Association, urged people to only talk to their dates on official sites which are monitored.Ian Doney, 51, died penniless after fraudsters targeted his lonely heart pleas to get his savings. The demolition of the Third Avenue Elevated subway line set off a building boom and a white-collar influx, most notably of young educated women who suddenly found themselves free of family, opprobrium, and, thanks to birth control, the problem of sexual consequence. transferred the answers onto a computer punch card and fed the card into an I. In the beginning, was restricted to the Upper East Side, an early sexual-revolution testing ground.