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Forty-eight was the most common age found across the profiles.

He is described as widowed, works in engineering, is average height - 5ft 10in - and again has no political leanings.

His body type is described as average, and photos used are often taken from a distance, and simply wearing a button down shirt.

'They are catfishing [stealing] existing photos from social media, so they pick pictures they know will resonate with their target audience,' a spokesperson for Scamalytics told FEMAIL.'The women's photos tend to be rather booby, pouty selfies whereas the men's are often taken by someone else (as they are photos of men in their late forties, who are unlikely to take selfies).' Read on for our top tips to avoid being scammed on dating sites.- Stay chatting to people using the online dating site's messenger function.

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