This included almost million in February alone.
More than 80 per cent of romance scam reports, and 90 per cent of monetary losses, resulted from online scams.
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean warned that online romance scams can happen within days or years of meeting someone.
I completely trusted him.'Mrs Fowkes only realised something was wrong when police turned up on her doorstep in November 2010.
According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.
Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
Sites catering to international dating have also been singled out as popular scam venues.
Scammers, hiding behind fictitious profiles, initiate a relationship with an individual seeking companionship, marriage, or a sexual relationship. One character commonly described by victims is an attractive, wealthy American citizen living abroad, frequently in Nigeria or another west African country.