What is romance fraud?
You think you have met the love of your life online. You trust them and because they’ve said they’re in some sort of difficulty, you’ve started to send them money. The requests for money are becoming more frequent and more insistent.
If this sounds familiar and has happened to you or someone you know, this could be romance fraud.
When romance scams happen the person you have fallen for is a con artist trying to gain your sympathy and trust so they can trick you into giving them money.
How can you spot a scam romance?
Often the fraudster needs money for travel costs to visit you or claim to have paid for a travel ticket which they then tell you has been stolen. They might claim that a family member is ill and they need money for medical treatment.
What do I do now if I think this has happened to me?
- Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
- Stop the contact.
- Report them to the website or chat room.
- Do not send any more money.
What you can do to protect yourself:
- Trust your instincts.
- Guard your privacy.
- Never take compromising pictures of yourself and email/text them to anyone. You never know where they may end up.
- Never carry out acts of a sexual nature in front of a webcam. They could be used for sextortion.
- Never give credit card or personel information to someone you don’t know.