Over the past few days people in our area have received a ‘Tinder Surprise’ as we’ve been dishing out advice to singletons in a bid to raise awareness of romance fraud and the devastating impact it can have on its victims.
To coincide with valentine’s day, we launched a new campaign reminding people to ask the right questions when dating online, to get to know the person, not the profile and on Wednesday 12 February we joined Tinder to help spread the word.
Detective Sergeant Ben Robinson said “Nationally romance fraud is on the rise. Over the last twelve months several victims in our area have lost over one hundred thousand pounds. If we can get people talking about romance fraud then hopefully we can stop innocent people losing their hard earned cash”.
“It’s all about using every tool at our disposal to make sure we reach as many people as we can to prevent victims of this callous crime”
“We’ve been matching with people and giving out some friendly and useful advice to help keep them safe whilst they search for Mr or Mrs Right”
The data, from police reporting centre Action Fraud, showed that £50m was lost to these scams in 2018 when fraudsters tricked innocent and often vulnerable people into thinking they’re romantically attached. Last year, one of several victims in our area lost over £100,000 after sending money to a man they’d met online.
It can be difficult for the Police and other agencies to recover money lost through romance fraud as scammers often operate overseas, so we would urge people to make themselves and their loved ones aware of how these people operate.
Follow our top tips to help keep you safe while looking for love:
What to do if you’re the victim of this type of fraud: