'I love you - lend me money' - spot the signs of romance fraud

Date published: 14 February 2019 15:24
Dated: 14 February 2019 15:24:47

Online dating is a fantastic way to meet new people and hopefully the place where you find the love of your life. When a relationship works out, it is the best feeling in the world and life couldn’t get any better; however, what if the relationship isn’t all it seems? What can you do to spot the signs of a romance fraud?

What is Romance Fraud?

Romance fraud takes place when a scammer creates a fake profile in order to build up a relationship with someone online and extort monies from him or her and/or steal their identity. The scammers will build on a person’s willingness to trust and desire to find love so that they can persuade a victim to transfer money to them. They may create stories that tug on a person’s heartstrings or make false promises of love ever after.

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Risk? Check that the person’s profile is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.

Open conversation. Talk to your family and friends about your online dating experiences. If a person is genuine, then they won’t mind you discussing it with family and friends. If they ask you not to, then be wary and ask yourself why?

Stay on the dating site. It is very tempting to give your mobile number so that you can chat more easily but be careful – if they are untrustworthy, they now have your contact details. If you decide to meet, arrange to do so in a public place like a café and ALWAYS tell someone where you are going and who you are meeting.

Evade romance fraud by never giving them your bank details and/or sending scammers’ money - no matter what story or pleas they give.

Sharing too much information can lead to a scammer stealing your identity or even personal harm.

If you do find yourself a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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