‘Romance fraud’ costing victims £50m a year
“Romance fraud” cost its victims more than £50m last year, according to official figures.
It happens when people are tricked into thinking they have found an ideal partner on a dating app, only to be scammed out of money once criminals have gained their trust.
In some cases, fraudsters gain enough information to steal their victims’ identities.
According to Action Fraud the average loss per victim last year was £11,145 – an increase of more than a quarter on 2017.
Almost two-thirds of victims were female, and the average age of those scammed was 50. On average, women lost twice as much as men.
More than 4,500 reports of romance fraud were made to Action Fraud, which is run by City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.