The Match Group, the division of Barry Diller’s IAC/Inter Active Corp that houses its large collection of dating websites, has ramped up its acquisition activities.
"Daters need to be told, from the moment they sign up, that if a person is not willing to meet them in the first month they should move on.
You would be forgiven for thinking that 2015 was the year that investors sat up and realised that there's a whole world out there of people seeking companionship.
Early-stage funding to internet dating companies has climbed in recent years, from .3m in 2010 to almost m in 2014, according to the investment database CB Insights.
The research, which was carried out by Professor Monica Whitty of University of Leicester and Professor Tom Buchanan of the University of Westminster, argues that the police, policy-makers, doctors and dating companies need to take into account the emotional state of those who have been conned, in order to prevent the crime, bring criminals to justice and support victims effectively.
"Professionals need to understand the awful details of this crime," says Professor Whitty.