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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, romance may be high on many people’s agenda as they seek an appropriate way to celebrate the day. However, at the same time criminals are using this as an opportunity to devise new scams to defraud their victims on dating sites and social media.
At this time of the year there is a rise in Romance Frauds as the fraudsters draw their victims into false relationship, gain their confidence, before the requests for money start to come in. These are accompanied by heart rending pleas about personal or family problems, and emergencies which need finance.
Are any platforms safe?
Fraudsters continue to target users of popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, as well as dating sites such as Tinder and Plenty of Fish.
Messaging sites such as Google Hangouts and WhatsApp may also be used to find unsuspecting victims.
As well as conventional dating platforms, online Gaming platforms may be used to seek potential victims since there are fewer protective measures in place.
Who are their targets?
Females over 40 years are common victims as well as younger males, but users also need to be aware on age related dating platforms too.
If you’ve fallen for a scam,report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks. Forward Fake Emails received to firstname.lastname@example.org If you think your bank account or personal banking details have been used fraudulently, then use the short phone number - 159 - to contact the Fraud Prevention Department of most major UK banks.