Why are all dating sites fake

Free dating sites fast became an ecosystem for programmers to let loose their bot scripts - luring the sexually curious to malware or "extra" services.

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However, on one of their sites, Flirt Naughty, investigations uncovered 198 profiles of women within five miles Hogha Gerraidh in the Western Isles.

In reality fewer than 100 people live within five miles of the tiny hamlet.

Pictures, names, email addresses, dates of birth and detail of the sexual orientation of unsuspecting members of the public are being purchased by dating websites to create false profiles of attractive people, it has been claimed.

Panorama purchased the data of 10,000 people from Usdate – a company which sells profiles to sites - and found it included photographs of Brad Pitt, Michael Caine and Rick Stein.

Although she has tried online dating, Miss Bartke said she never used Cupid's website, adding: “It's done purely to take money from that person who's in a vulnerable situation already because it takes a bit of guts to be, to be open and say here is who I am, are you interested in me?

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