Online dating horror stories statistics

Of the police forces in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, 32 responded to our investigation.

Within the data, The Sun Online has come across 1,795 crimes ranging between 20 relating to dating apps.

In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.

About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.

In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.

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"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.

CNNMoney's attempts to reach "John" on his international phone number provided by Best revealed that it was based out of Nigeria -- a hotbed for online scams -- and has since been disconnected. Victims are then prompted to pay $99 to have their name removed from the site.

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