Don’t invest your heart in a fauxmance: victims lose over £50 million to romance fraud
Action Fraud is warning the public to spot the signs of romance fraud ahead of Valentine's Day.
Statistics released in a report by the #DateSafe working group show an average of 10 reports about dating scams every single day
Statistics released in a new report by the #DateSafe working group show that the UK is continuing to lose huge amounts of money to romance fraud.
The group includes Victim Support, Get Safe Online, City of London Police, London Metropolitan Police (FALCON), Age UK and the Online Dating Association (ODA).
The statistics show:
Evidence also suggests these numbers do not accurately represent the true scale of the problem due to the embarrassment felt by some victims of fraud.
Our article containing advice and tips regarding online romance scams can be found here.
Diana Fawcett, VS's Chief Officer, said: “Dating fraud can have devastating consequences for victims, which often go beyond the financial impact, affecting them emotionally and psychologically.
“We know that people often feel ashamed or embarrassed but what is important for them to know there is help and support available to them. We offer confidential practical and emotional help, whether or not the incident has been reported to the police, to help people move beyond the crime and begin to rebuild their lives.”
Anyone affected by online romance scams should report the issues to the Police. You can get support for this issue from Warwickshire Victim Support on 01926 682 693.