Thousands conned in online dating fraud
Online dating sites do bring lonely hearts together. But, for some, online dating has led to heartbreak—and a sudden drop in their bank balance.
One in four Britons now use online dating websites, reports consumer body Which?
But thousands of users each year are tricked into fake relationships and conned out of their hard-earned cash. According to Action Fraud, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £9,500.
How online dating scams work
Scammers groom their victims before asking for money or other favours. Their eye-catching profiles look real. They often pose as members of a profession. Conman Amir Tofangsazan stole thousands from victims, passing himself off as a doctor and a barrister.
To find out more about online dating scams, and for tips on protecting yourself, visit the Action Fraud website.
Legal advice and help
It can be hard to know for sure if someone is telling the truth about who they are and their profession. But there are some things you can check. See our FAQs to learn how to find out if someone is really a lawyer.
If you’ve been targeted by an online dating scam, report it to Action Fraud.