BBC - Feb 11 - Victims of romance scams - the majority of whom are women - lost an average of £11,145 each last year, according to new data from police reporting centre Action Fraud. ~£50M was lost in these scams in 2018 when fraudsters pretend to be romantically attached. In 2018, 4,555 reports of romance fraud were made to Action Fraud. Total losses were up by 27% compared with the previous year. The total is likely to be higher as many victims are thought to have suffered in secret. The average age of a romance fraud victim is 50 and 63% of victims are women.