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The point of the “pseudo” team was to convince innocent daters to part with cash.A user can register on a Global Personals website for free.They would use these fake profiles to send flirty messages to innocent users – as many as 400 messages an hour were sent by the team.Global Personals tried hard to keep the practice a secret.There were loads of cop-outs you could use.” Sometimes, having given an innocent user a brush-off from one fake profile, the pseudo team member would then message them from a different fake account to continue the fake flirting.“Most people were talking to more than one pseudo,” said Ryan.Global Personals is one of the UK’s largest internet dating companies.

That’s attractive no matter how immoral that may be.” “A lot of the people on the site aren’t the most attractive people in the world.

Ryan said: “It’s all about stringing them along on tenterhooks with that pretence that eventually they’ll meet up, or just swap telephone numbers.

But as soon as that comes into play you move on; you tell them you’re not going to be on the dating site any longer.

Ryan Pitcher and Tom (not his real name – he does not want to be identified) were recruited to join Global Personals’ 30-strong team of “pseudos” – a dedicated team of staff whose job it was to set up and run fake profiles on the company’s network of sites.

The team members would scour social networking websites and steal people’s photos to use on their fake profiles.

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