Avoid and report internet scams and phishing
Romance Scam | Take Five
One of the most popular ways to meet people is to go online and sign up at a dating website. You can connect on paid sites, such as eHarmony and Match. However, those amounts are probably higher. Most online daters do not report scams — about one in every four cases is ever reported.
Romance Scam Busters & Online Dating Scams
Romance scams are on the rise as people search online for love during the coronavirus lockdowns, figures suggest. Trade association UK Finance recorded a 20 per cent increase in bank transfer fraud linked to romance scams between January and November , compared with a year earlier. In these reports, victims have lost money via bank transfer, money transfer, sending fraudsters gift cards and vouchers or presents such as phones and laptops, and providing them with access to their bank account or card. They use emotive language and sob stories to manipulate, persuade and exploit people.