Lockdown Loneliness leads to 600 reports of online dating fraud a month

There have been over 600 reports of romance scams per month made to Action Fraud throughout June, July and August, with criminals exploiting online daters loneliness during the lockdown.

Police forces and other organisations are set to run a campaign throughout October in order to raise awareness of romance fraud, after a 26% increase in reports of fraud to Action Fraud during the past year.

Romance fraud is when an individual thinks they have met Mr or Mrs Perfect online but are unaware that their online date is using a false profile to form a relationship and in many cases extract cash from their victim. The figures show that the average victim of romance fraud loses just over £10,000.

The fraudsters gain victims trust over weeks then exploit their victim by conducting a story which often leads their victims to part with their hard-earned cash

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Don’t get caught out by an online dating fraudster – ensure your date has been verified by Safe Dates.