The National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre has issued a very unromantic warning ahead of Valentine's Day.
They say those looking for love on dating apps are becoming increasingly vulnerable to scams, which totalled more than £50 million in 2018.
Reports to the Action Fraud helpline about 'romance fraud' jumped by 27% last year and included one woman who lost nearly £10,000 to a romance fraudster who claimed to be in the British Army. In total, there were more than 4,500 reports to Action Fraud about this kind of scam and they believe many more cases go unreported.
Head of the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Department, Commander Karen Baxter, said: “As cases of romance fraud increase each year, so too does the cost to victims, both emotionally and financially. The emotional damage of falling victim to romance fraud can often be far more difficult to come to terms with.
“Together with our partners, we are urging people to spot the signs of romance fraud and to follow the ‘Date Safe’ advice this Valentine’s Day and in the future. If you think you have been a victim of romance fraud, please report this to Action Fraud.”
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