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Nationally, Action Fraud said earlier this year it receives seven calls a day – one every three hours – relating to dating sites.A violent attack against a 19-year-old Grindr user that took place in the Cleveland area in 2015 is among the dating site allegations that remain unresolved.Police find it particularly difficult to trace fraudsters who use the sites to financially exploit their victims, with Action Fraud estimating the average amount lost by victims of dating scammers is £10,000.While the vast majority of those using dating sites in the hope of finding love do so without incident, figures obtained by The Northern Echo show a range of offences linked to their use.
Crimes recently logged by the region's forces include 28 sex offences, including 11 rapes, five allegations of blackmail, eight incidents of violence, four of sexual grooming, seven thefts, 24 reports of harassment, seven allegations of fraud and one threat to kill.
In 2016, a heartbroken County Durham pensioner was left with nothing – “not even a slice of bread” – after being targeted by internet scammers thought to have been operating from another country.