Lonely hearts lost £41 million to online fraudsters last year, a study finds. Victims handed over an average £11,500 to their supposed love interest with common scams including using fake profiles on dating sites.
A total of 3,557 frauds were reported in 2017, with women making up 63 per cent of victims, said the #DateSafe Campaign.
It advises checking a date's name and any profile pictures through a search engine with words 'Dating Scam'.
Are you looking for love online? Don't be scammed this Valentine.