The Consumers Association Which? recently reported that scammers who hide behind fake online dating profiles stole £30.9m in 2021, up 73% since 2020, yet figures from Action Fraud suggest victims lost a shocking £95.1m.
What is a Romance Scam?
A Romance Scam occurs when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. Scammers will take advantage of people looking for companionship by pretending to be prospective companions. Requests for money by scammers after they have gained the trust of victims-whether through direct deposit, gift cards or credit card payments-are all red flags. Increasingly, romance scammers have tried to lure people into investment deals, including cryptocurrency.
Other Red Flags
If you think you, a family member or friend has been a victim of Romance Fraud, please contact the police or Action Fraud or message us in confidence. Davidsons Forensic Accountants have considerable experience of investigating sensitively all types of Fraud.
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