Dream date or scam?

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

Don't get scammed...

Warnings about bogus solicitors will be easier for people to find when the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) launches a new online search facility in May 2014 to mark the Citizen's Advice Bureau's Scams Awareness Month

The SRA's scam alerts are currently listed by the date they are issued at www.sra.org.uk/alerts but due to a big increase in the number of scams—and a mounting archive of alerts—the SRA believes it is important to give everyone instant access to the whole collection.