This Area Of The UK Is Plagued With Online Dating Scams

Online dating has made meeting people easier, but it has also paved the way for fraudsters

Stop swiping and listen up, people.

Norfolk is where you are most likely to be hit by an online dating scam, according to a new report.

Consumer analysts Which? found that more than 8,000 people fell victim to online dating fraud from 2014 to 2016.

While online dating may have made meeting people easier, it has also paved the way for fraudsters. Often the scammers create fake profiles and pretend to be a love interests before gaining their victim's trust so they reveal personal information which they can then use to steal from them.

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Which? said that 1.6 per 10,000 people in Norfolk were affected by this which is higher than the UK average of 1.1.

Dating fraud was not the only time of scam which hit the county disproportionately, Norfolk also had the highest rates of lottery scams – where people are duped into entering a fake lottery.

It was not just Norfolk which was a hotbed for scamming. Northamptonshire was the area most hit by online shopping and auction scams while London also fell victim to several scams.

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The capital had the most amount of people become victim to fake loan scams, social media or email hacking, ticket fraud and door-to-door scammers. Over the last two years there was also a 134 per cent increase in Londoners falling for regular payment fraud – which is where scammers pretend to be a company the victim may pay regularly like an energy or mobile phone company.

Action Fraud, the UK's organisation for fraud and cyber crime, advises that, when it comes to online dating, people should avoid giving away too many personal details including their date of birth and home address. They also warn that fraudsters will often try to switch to texting or social media to avoid being detected so try to stick to reputable dating websites and apps for your conversations.