Victims of romance scams - the majority of whom are women - lost an average of £11,145 each last year, according to new figures, BBC reports.
The data, from police reporting
Action Fraud, showed that £50m was lost in these scams in 2018 when fraudsters pretend to be romantically attached.
Fraudsters trick victims into sending money or gather enough personal information to steal their identities.
These scams of the heart are being highlighted ahead of Valentine's Day.
Police say that victims are targeted via online dating websites, apps, or
social media. Fraudsters use fake profiles to form a relationship with them.