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.
Whistle-blower Ryan Pitcher has also confirmed he ran a team creating “pseudo” profiles for Global Personals, the third largest dating company in Britain, responsible for more than 10,000 dating sites, until 2010.
Other lonely hearts complained that they were inundated with messages, then when they paid the subscription fee to reply interest in their profile dried up completely.
John Isaacs, who spent £4,000 on dating sites looking for love after his divorce, said: "All of a sudden, the number of hits that I experienced just dissolved.
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