ACTION Fraud is warning romance seekers to be cautious when using dating platforms, as new data reveals criminals have already conned over £15 million out of unsuspecting lovers with bogus investment opportunities.
Data from the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime reveals that £15,665,332 has been lost this year to criminals offering bogus investment opportunities on dating platforms, with an average loss of £15,936 per victim.
Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of victims were aged 30 to 39 years old, and around two thirds of victims (60 per cent) were aged 30 to 59 years old.
While the vast majority of investments offered are in cryptocurrency, victims have also handed over money believing they’re investing in other commodities, including shares and stocks, gold and raw materials.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “We’ve all spent more time than ever before online over the past year…