People aged between 50-59 are the most likely victims accounting for a quarter of all frauds and losing just over £6 million.those aged between 40-49 accounted for less of the reported fraud, (22%) overall losses were greater at £8 million.
Almost two thirds (64%) of all romance scams orinignated on dating sites, followed by social media (25%) and 10% via email.
However, it doesn’t hurt to place a little more caution when using these sites to start talking to someone, just as you would if you met a stranger in a bar or at a party.
“What’s frustrating is that there are a minority of people who use online dating as a forum to target vulnerable people, knowing if they invest a lot of time into building a relationship with someone, they could potentially steal a lot of money.
“It is also very important that if you think you are being targeted or have been a victim of dating fraud to report to Action Fraud.
Sharing this information will help us identify and track down these heartless criminals who have absolutely no regard for people’s emotional or financial well being”.
2% of reported dating frauds orinigated via contact made on dating apps.
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online commented: “Online dating can be a great way to meet that special someone.
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