Male dating scams
, users are being warned to be vigilant while online, particularly as the fraudster's tactics are becoming more elaborate.
Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.
Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.
They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.
According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.
There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.
"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.In July, the average payout was as high as £10,882.