A new Internet scam is targeting people who are looking for love.
As the UK's big chill shows no sign of ending, people appear to be seeking to raise the temperature with a bit of online romance.
They use many different excuses and reasons why they need money. He advised people to never give money to strangers.
London police said 3,900 people were scammed online in 2016. He said: "Never give money to people you meet online, no matter what emotional sob story the person uses." He added that people should always be on their guard online.
"January has always been our busiest month, but this surge in traffic is unprecedented." Big business The big increase in people using dating websites comes at a time when the industry is already booming.
According to a study by market research group Forrester Research, the number of Britons paying to use online dating agencies is set to grow from 2.6 million people in 2006 to six million by 2012, creating revenues of around £368m.