As Valentine’s Day approaches and thoughts turn to romance, we all need to make sure that the object of our affection is not a fraudster. The number of cases where criminals persuade victims to send them money after meeting online is exploding, 20% of users of online dating services have been asked for money. And, it is not just the cash which is the danger. Skilled fraudsters use the relationship to find enough personal information from the victim to make false loan and credit card applications in their name. According to UK Finance in the first half of last year there was an increase of 50% in romance scams.
DO NOT OVERSHARE AND NEVER SEND MONEY
Tips and Advice
- Don’t Overshare – Avoid giving away too much personal information such as your full name, date of birth and full address
- Don’t Send Money – in any form, however convincing or heart wrenching the story is, that’s not how real relationships work
- Don’t Rush – or be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam
- Communicate Safe – Most dating sites have built-in messaging services, be wary of anyone who asks for your email or mobile number
- Report it! – All the dating websites have a method of reporting suspicious profiles, normally by clicking on the 3 dots on the member’s profile and then “Report this profile”
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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