The Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Justice and Security have made a joint statement on fake dating app profiles.
It said that the government did not know how many false profiles were live on dating sites in The Netherlands.
There was a concern that false profiles run by apps themselves were being used to encourage paid subscriptions.
The Dutch Civil Code says that all providers of products and services must provide honest information, so consumers are able to make good purchasing decisions.
State Secretary Mona Keijzer of the Ministry of Economic Affairs said: “For consumers who visit a dating site, it should be clear with whom they come into contact before they start a conversation or make a payment to start this conversation.”
Consumentenbond, a consumer organisation, and Thuiswinkel.org, a Dutch industry group, have developed a quality mark for dating sites.
Further, regulator ACM has began an investigation into the issue. Any victims of fraud can file a report with the police.
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