Victims of romantic fraud – mostly women – lost an average of £ 11,145 last year, according to new figures.
The data from the Police Fraud Reporting Center showed that £ 50 million were lost in these scams in 2018 when fraudsters pretend to be romantically connected.
Fraudsters cancel the victims to send money or collect enough personal information to steal their identity.
These heart scams are highlighted before Valentine's Day.
Police say victims are targeted through websites, applications, or social media. Fraudsters use false profiles to create a relationship with them.
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In the year 2018 there were 4,555 reports of fraud relating to romance. Total losses increased by 27% compared to the previous year. The total amount is probably higher due to the assumption that many victims have suffered a mystery.
The average age of the victim of a romantic scam is 50 years, while 63% of the victims are women. On average they lose twice as much as men.
Commander Karen Baxter, head of the London Department of Economic Crime, said: "Since cases of romantic fraud are increasing every year, victims also cost themselves, both emotionally and financially.
"It's often more difficult to understand the emotional damage caused by the victim of romantic fraud."
We invite dating sites users not to take everything in nominal value.
Many people who were caught were judged by those who had met online, based on their profile in social media, their work, or their simple trust.
Online security tips
- Criminal Offenders who deal with trawls for romantic fraud via profiles and combine information such as wealth and lifestyle to manipulate victims
- The police can investigate and assist in providing support, but often can not return money
- It is very easy for fraudsters to cover their traces by hiding IP addresses and using unregistered telephone numbers
- Never send money to someone you have never met
- Think twice about publishing personal information that you could use to manipulate or bribe
Source: Anti-Fraud Action