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Dating and romance scams

Alert message sent 14/08/2019 10:32:00

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Most UK dating websites and chatrooms are legitimate, but fraudsters have been known to use them to steal people’s money.

Dating and romance scammers lower their target’s defences by building an online relationship, then asking for larger and larger sums of money. Well-meaning men and women have both fallen victim to this. Find out more about dating and romance scams below.

Protect yourself
  • Avoid giving away too many personal details when dating online. Revealing your full name, date of birth and home address may lead to your identity being stolen.
  • Never send or receive money or give away your bank details to someone you’ve only met online, no matter how much you trust them or believe their story.
  • Pick a reputable dating website and use the site’s messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.
For more information on how to spot the signs and protect yourself from becoming a victim of romance fraud, visit the Action Fraud website.
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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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