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Victims lose an average of £10,000 to criminals who start relationships with them just to target their bank accounts.And a scam is now reported every three hours, according to the police’s Action Fraud unit.After returning home, Mr Doney changed his Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ and started sending money to the fraudster without his family’s knowledge.Having paid for an airfare he waited at an airport all day but then claimed she had been unable to travel due to an “accident”. Miss Doney said: “He thought she was going to come over here and that they were going to get married and have children. He just wanted a family.“He was borrowing money to send over there.An inquest was told how Mr Doney, from Grimsby, had visited a website specialising in holidays for people looking for love when he began chatting to someone he believed was a prospective partner in the summer of 2015.
Neil Masters, from Victim Support, said: “Dating fraud can shatter people’s lives financially and emotionally.Millions of people are finding their love in Tinder but do you know that most of the atrocious buncos happen in Tinder.The extent of plagiarism is such that the issue is not resolved even if you delete your delete your Tinder account.Victim Support, Age UK, Get Safe Online and the Online Dating Association have joined forces with the police to urge daters to be on their guard ahead of Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.Tony Neate, chief executive of Get Safe Online, said the problem of cyber crooks targeting lonely people for cash is on the rise.