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A total of 16 people per 100,000 in the county were duped into transferring money to scammers using fake profiles on dating sites after building their trust. It showed Norfolk was also a hotspot for lottery scams with 22 in 100,000 paying to enter a non-existent prize draw, compared with 10 per 100,000 nationally.

This compares to a national average of 11 per 100,000, according to figures from anti-cyber crime centre Action Fraud over the past three years. Meanwhile, Surrey saw the most incidents of investment fraud, with 21 reports per 100,000 people, compared with an average of 13.

Dorset was found to be another target for technology fraud, with 38 reports of computer virus, malware and spyware fraud per 100,000 people compared with the general average of 23.

The data also found the five frauds most on the rise in the last few years, with computer-fixing being the one with the biggest growth: Gareth Shaw, a money expert at Which?

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