Women ‘victims in 63% of romance scams’

Victims of romance scams – the majority of whom are women – lost an average of £11,145 each last year, according to new figures. The data, from police reporting centre Action Fraud, showed that £50m was lost in these scams in 2018 when fraudsters pretend to be romantically attached. Fraudsters trick victims into sending money or gather enough personal information to steal their identities. These scams of the heart are being highlighted ahead of Valentine's Day. Police say that victims are targeted via online dating websites, apps, or through social media. Fraudsters use fake profiles to form a relationship with them. Read more here >>>

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