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Help yourself and avoid becoming a victim of dating fraud

Alert message sent 11/12/2017 15:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Falling for fraud can happen to any of us when looking for love online. Criminals attempt to exploit a person’s emotions through elaborate and convincing scams.

We’ve received information from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) warning that male fraudsters are setting up fake profiles of women on dating websites, and specifically for the purpose of attracting and manipulating potential victims.

The NFIB’s briefing says fraudsters are known to use Internet cafés to distance themselves from the crime, with some male fraudsters known to play the role of a woman. They attempt to sustain their deception by loading fake female images onto a site.

Creating the illusion of a loving long-term relationship is a common tactic used by fraudsters. It’s a callous way of persuading an unsuspecting victim to send money to help ease or solve a false problem. Further reasons for persistent financial support are then invented and perpetuated.

Our advice to anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of romance or dating fraud is:

  • Never send money to someone you’ve met online.
  • Be careful with what information or images you share online.
  • Use the website to help check if someone’s dating profile photo is genuine.
  • Be wary about transferring money on behalf of someone.
  • And, remember that money laundering is a crime.

Anyone affected by romance or dating fraud are encouraged to report and provide information by phoning 101.

Please also take some time to view the short YouTube video attached :

Many thanks

PCSO 15093 Matt Wheeler

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Matt Wheeler (Police, PCSO, Shanklin)

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