Panorama investigates online dating
BBC Panorama broadcast Tainted Love: Secrets of Online Dating tonight at pm on BBC1 and we cannot wait to tune in.
The online dating industry is now estimated to be worth in excess of billion globally, and with monthly membership fees hovering around the £30 mark, it seems love – or finding it at least – can actually cost quite a lot.
In its investigation into the murkier side of the booming internet dating industry, Panorama also spoke to a whistleblower who claimed staff created 'pseudo identities' to con customers into thinking they were being contacted by genuine admirers.
Ryan Pitcher worked for Global Personals, Britain's third-largest dating company, until 2010.
The privacy watchdog is investigating the online dating industry after claims that personal data was being sold to bolster sites' numbers.
The Information Commission launched the probe after the BBC's Panorama programme purchased 10,000 people's details, including dates of birth and sexual preferences.
"An attractive profile draws the victim into a potential relationship.Pitcher said he ran a team who created fake profiles or “pseudos” to con customers into thinking they were talking to other genuine online daters.