Anyone fearing they have been a victim of fraud can call Action Fraud on 03.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.
Even if it appears as if you are not losing out, you may unwittingly be participating in crime, police warn.
“But how do you know it is actually the person you are communication online with?
Answer: You don’t.” Adopting a fake aliases online, often using photos of wealthy and good looking people, is known as catfishing.
Most scammers choose victims that are older than they are, for example, so if someone who is significantly younger than you says that they’re interested, it could be cause for concern.
Of course, just because someone is younger doesn’t mean that they’re a scammer; it’s just something to keep in mind.
“Dating and romance scammers lower your defences by building an online relationship with you.“Police warn to never give out personal details, particularly in a chatroom.
“Scammers will quickly interact with you, often showing you glamorous photos of themselves and gaining your trust.
The Met said: “Scammers will normally try and steer you away from communicating on a legitimate dating website that could be monitored by staff.
“Their preference is to communicate via email, text and possibly phone, rather than through the dating website or chat room where you met.“A scammer will use a variety of scenarios to target your emotions and get you to part with toy money (eg.
And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets. She says I'm so handsome (I'm not) and wants to see me in person and hear me. Beware." said he was Roden Miller (actually Jeffrey Miller) as a scammer. He is in the army stationed in Houston Texas but is currently on a peacekeeping mission in Libya but would be returning soon. I refuse to give my number or email and insist on staying on that site.
By learning how to spot a scammer, you can protect yourself. But her cell phone seems to be faulty and her old laptop doesn't have a built in camera. I also enjoy toying with these scammers with elaborate stories of wealth, success, and loneliness.
He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.