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.

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AllanSiegel Premium
this is sad, but it seems like more people would have better discernment to see the lies that are being promoted.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Really unfortunate my dear, scammers are taking undue advantage of human need for love, affection and companionship. No one really wants to loose money to fraudsters my dear, they are thinking if it's money and I have it, why not.
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BobBarr Premium
I won't have to worry about dating scams once I get my commission for helping to transfer the $50 million dollars from the widow of the former Nigerian Finance Minister to the US. :=)
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Elijah1916 Premium
Sounds like a real one to me Bob. Lol.
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JerryMcCoy Premium
Mine scammed me 34 years ago and we are still together. But seriously it is sad to see so many people get scammed because they want something better than what they currently have, a true connection with another person. Good Post
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Elijah1916 Premium
Scammers are not looking for love my dear. They are on dating sites to request for money.
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lynnsam61 Premium
I'm sure Valentine's Day is prime time for these types of scammers. Pretty disgusting and really sad that anyone could be that desperate for love to fall for it.
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Elijah1916 Premium
They are not desperate my dear, just too trusting, and throw all caution to the wind.
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Melissa901 Premium
This is all too true I am kinda worried about my mom scammed not through a site but still being scammed by someone online.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Yes, it can Facebook, twitter or any social media connection. They are everywhere. Some are just too embarrassed to confide in another. Really sad. Talk seriously to your mum, and let her aware that all these tricks are everywhere, and you don't want her to fall for them.
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Melissa901 Premium
Right now I have an advantage he is in Canada and we are in the USA. But I have been trying for a few months now she sees some of it but she still sticks with him
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Elijah1916 Premium
These scammers are never in the same country as those they want to scam, the whole idea is to keep up the deceit until money changed hands. Let her use the name and profile photo on Google with the word 'dating scam'. Encourage her NOT to send him any money yet. I pray she confides in you that much.
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Melissa901 Premium
I know she tried once but it wouldn't go through and they told her that they wouldn't allow her to send it because they were sure it was a scam also. I don't know she says she is sticking with it to prove that he is a scam and she is intending to let everyone know. But I know my mom and I kinda think she is just saying that because she thinks that is what I want to hear.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Just say your prayers, and hope she doesn't loose too much.
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Melissa901 Premium
I am and thank you
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Loes Premium
I can not imagine that people are wiring so much money to their "so-called" lovers, without ever have seen them.
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Elijah1916 Premium
The trick is that 'they are on overseas assignment' so will probably not be able to meet up with you for now. And after a while, they are so desperate to see you, they need money to obtain their discharge from the assignment, are you able to help out?. Does that make a bit of sense to a lonely person who is desperate for affection and companionship? Lol.
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Loes Premium
I have seen that on Tele. They need money because of a hospital bill, a construction machine broke down, their plumbing is leaking, a storm broke the roof, they were in an accident and need a new car, IND needs money for travel paper, there are numerous of reasons they use to get their hands on the money of lonely people
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Elijah1916 Premium
Endless list indeed, the greed of man.
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doobie333 Premium
Good information.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Thanks, we all need that caution.
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RichardU Premium
oh dear no!
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Elijah1916 Premium
Yes my dear, it is unfortunately so.
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MKearns Premium
That's a lowlife way to scam off a precious emotion Elijah!
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Elijah1916 Premium
Unfortunately, people are doing it Mike.
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