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Online dating sites are to be investigated over claims that they are using stolen data and photographs to set up fake profiles

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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.

“We'd take the person's photos online and we'd start knocking out messages. It was all fake and under the pretence that it was real."

On a false test profile set up by the documentary makers for “James”, 46, from Glasgow, received nearly 500 messages in two months.

One perfect match was “Kazb”, who was using a photograph of Karen Bartke, an actress appearing in several prime-time dramas, including Monarch of the Glen.

The dating sites say any fake profiles have been set up by scammers, which they claim is an industry wide issue which they were working to combat.

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