Fraud experts have said that thousands of people have lost millions of pounds in online dating scams.
Barclays found those aged 45 to 64 were most likely to be victims, according to reports it has received from people tricked into making payments. Dating site users are being urged not to take everything at face value.
The bank suggested that many people were judging those they met online based on their social media profile, their job, or simply trusting them too soon.
“While millions of us take to dating websites and apps to find true love, criminals are getting ready to pounce on anyone who lets their guard down,” said Jodie Gilbert, head of digital safety at Barclays.
“We must all remain aware whilst looking for the warning signs, such as someone asking you to help them out of an ‘unfortunate situation’ by sending money.”