Figures show more and more Scots being ripped off by scams
I decided to try internet dating and after a few false starts got in contact with someone I really seemed to hit it off with. We spent more and more time chatting and he was very keen for us to meet. He told me he was working in Nigeria but that he had some leave coming up soon and he wanted to come to see me. Then he told me he was booking flights. Next he said that his visit would be delayed because his pay was late going into the bank but not to worry as the problem would soon be sorted.
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The Office of Fair Trading OFT today cautioned users of dating websites to be wary of scams designed to “break hearts and steal money”. The OFT warned that scammers were using false profiles on chat rooms and dating sites to target certain types of people. It said: “The scammer will set the scene with a romantic or tragic scenario, so they can hit on their unsuspecting victim for money.
Tricks include the person saying he or she wants to meet up but does not have enough money to travel, or saying they are stranded overseas and do not have the money for visa costs. Some scammers even claim to have been beaten and robbed or are in need of urgent medical treatment and ask for financial help.
Christine Wade, OFT assistant chief executive for consumer advice and trading standards, said: “Online dating scammers are heartless. They are happy to exploit people’s emotions for their own gain.
Derbyshire County Council Scams Bulletin – May 2018
Rydym yn defnyddio cwcis i wella eich profiad o’n gwefan. While we may have struck gold with the weather this summer Brits could get their fingers burnt as scammers look to prey on concert-goers, holiday-makers and those looking for love. Details of common scams that can be rife in summer are released today, based on evidence from across the Citizens Advice service.
Over 22, reports of scams were made to the Citizens Advice service in England and Wales between April and March Fake event tickets: Scam ticket websites that claim to be able to sell you tickets for popular events but, after you’ve paid, the tickets never arrive and your calls and emails aren’t answered.
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‘Their pictures are too perfect’ – warning after dating app scammers target Norfolk
Dating is hard enough in the best of times. Throw in government directives like this, plus nationwide social distancing mandates, and a highly contagious virus for which there’s no cure or vaccine, and you would expect the search for love to be the last thing on everyone’s mind. But dating is thriving. The rules of online dating are also rapidly changing to adapt to this new climate.
An awareness campaign is aiming to curb the number of people caught out by con men and women. People in Dumbarton and the Vale who use dating websites are being warned against falling victim to scammers. They say there has been a 24 percent increase in people reporting scams over the last year but believe that only seven out of 10 people who fall victim will speak up.
Aside from the financial loss, they can also cause distress and loss of confidence. By Linzi Watson. Image: Carmen Murillo. Get the stories that matter to you sent straight to your inbox with our personalised newsletter. Subscribe When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards’ Warns of Dating Fraud
However Action Fraud believes the problem is even more widespread than that, as they believe many victims do not report what has happened out of embarrassment. If you think you may have fallen victim to a romance scam, contact your bank straight away and report it to Action Fraud. Those who believe they have been targeted by romance fraudsters can call Action Fraud on Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
Suffolk is set to host a conference exploring the serious financial, emotional and health consequences of online romance scams. The free event, funded using confiscated proceeds of crime, will also examine the reasons behind vulnerable people falling victim to lonely hearts deceptions, including social isolation and loneliness.
Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Don’t move to contact away from the dating site such as text, email or phone.
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In heterosexual matches, the woman has 24 hours to make the first move and the man has 24 hours to respond. In same-sex matches, either person has 24 hours to make the first move, while the other individual has 24 hours to respond, or else, the connection expires.
Online dating services
UK consumers hoping to find love around the time of Valentine’s Day are being urged to follow a set of ‘wise dating website’ tips when they sign up for love online. Andy Allen, UK European Consumer Centre UK ECC Director said: “Registering on an online dating website can become costly for some consumers, especially if they are not aware of the cancellation terms of their contract or alternatively have not be able to cancel.
This is one of the main reasons that people who complain about dating websites become angry and contact the UK ECC for help. Every year, consumers face problems with online dating services and call the ECC-Net for assistance.
Online dating websites and apps are the perfect way for fraudsters to meet someone without actually revealing their true identity. The fraudster will create a fake profile and build up a relationship with their victim over several weeks or months. Once a level of trust has been established, they will invent a problem that requires financial assistance. Unfortunately, they may pull on the heart strings, stating that a family member is ill and needs money for medical treatment, or that would like to visit but need money for a train, flight or visa.
Sadly, once a fraudster has convinced their victim to send money, they will keep inventing new problems in order to get more from them. The recent launch of the new Online Dating Association is a big step forward in addressing the issue. It brings together key partners such as Get Safe Online, Victim Support and Age UK, all working with the sole aim of reducing the number of people falling victim to dating fraud.
Sadly, one victim even went to the airport to meet their romancer after giving money for a plane ticket, only to realise that it was a scam. We are constantly striving to prevent residents of West Yorkshire falling victim to this and other types of scams. Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices.
Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them. Remember that you are not alone.