Online Romance Scams

Police are warning people using online dating platforms to be vigilant after seeing a spike in dating or romance scams. Romance fraud is when scammers create a fake profile on dating apps to contact potential victims and earn their trust, with the intent to steal personal details.

During June, July and August there were more than 600 reports of romance scams made to Action Fraud, a 26% increase since 2019. Victims have been targeted during the pandemic, with social isolation and the need for human contact making people extra vulnerable.

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