ROMANCE seekers desperate for love are snubbing online dating.
Traditional matchmakers are enjoying a resurgence as the number of people being scammed online rises.
The Association of British Introduction Agencies says its members – who grill potential partners face-to-face – have seen a 27% increase in inquiries.
They say it is due to scammers duping people into parting with millions of pounds.
“ONE GENTLEMAN WAS EXPLOITED BY A WOMAN WHO GOT HIM TO BUY ALL SORTS OF THINGS FOR HER, INCLUDING A £14,000 CAR”
Nearly 4,000 lonely hearts were tricked into handing over £39million to criminals last year, new figures show.
Linda Cloke, who runs the Click agency in Maidstone, Kent, said: “One gentleman was exploited by a woman who got him to buy all sorts of things for her, including a £14,000 car.
“He really believed they had found love but once she got what she wanted she dumped him.”
Ex-Tory MP Edwina Currie and TV presenter Johnny Ball will star in a new show for More 4, The Baby Boomers’ Guide To Growing Old, in which they investigate how hard it is for older people to date.