Money: This Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In "Romance Scams" - PressFrom - United Kingdom
  •   
  •   

MoneyThis Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In "Romance Scams"

14:40  11 february  2019
14:40  11 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

Love scam warning from PSNI after two women lost £105,000

Love scam warning from PSNI after two women lost £105,000 Police issued the warning ahead of Valentine's Day

This Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In " Romance Scams ". Nick Levine. photographed by Rockie Nolan. Victims of so-called "romance fraud" reported being scammed out of more than £50m last year , and women were targeted more frequently – and severely – than men.

Victims of romance scams - the majority of whom are women - lost an average of £11,145 each last year , according to new figures. The data, from police reporting centre Action Fraud, showed that £50m was lost in these scams in 2018 when fraudsters pretend to be romantically attached.

This Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In "Romance Scams" © photographed by Rockie Nolan. Refinery29

Victims of so-called "romance fraud" reported being scammed out of more than £50m last year, and women were targeted more frequently – and severely – than men.

According to new figures released by Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting service, 63% of people who reported romance fraud in 2018 were female.

This Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In "Romance Scams" © Getty

Romance fraud or a "romance scam" involves a person being tricked into thinking they have met a potential partner on social media or a dating website, only to find out later that they have been used for their money.

Experts warn that these kind of scams are becoming "increasingly sophisticated".

'Romance fraud' costing victims £50m a year

'Romance fraud' costing victims £50m a year "Romance fraud" cost its victims more than £50m last year, according to official figures. It happens when people are tricked into thinking they have found an ideal partner on a dating app, only to be scammed out of money once criminals have gained their trust. In some cases, fraudsters gain enough information to steal their victims' identities. According to Action Fraud the average loss per victim last year was £11,145 - an increase of more than a quarter on 2017.

Victims of romance scams - the majority of whom are women - lost an average of £11,145 each last year , according to The data, from police reporting centre Action Fraud, showed that £50m was lost in these scams in 2018 when They lose twice as much on average than males, Action Fraud said.

Forum Nigerian romance scams Russian romance scams Photos used by scammers Site search No matter how good they sound, things aren't what they appear to be. In reality you're talking to a The people in the photographs are as much victims as those who get scammed for hundreds or

This Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In "Romance Scams" © Getty

On average, female victims tended to be conned out of twice as much money as much as male victims, meaning women lost around £39m last year in romance scams.

Action Fraud said the actual figure could be much higher as some crimes go unreported due to victims feeling embarrassed about what has happened. The average age of romance scam victims is 50, the service said.

This Is How Much Women Lost Last Year In "Romance Scams" © Getty

Ahead of Valentines' Day, it has launched a social media campaign called #fauxmance to raise awareness of these crimes.

Commander Karen Baxter, head of City of London Police’s economic crime department, said: “Heartless fraudsters are cruelly targeting vulnerable victims and exploiting those looking for love online.

Together with our partners, we are urging people to spot the signs of romance fraud and to follow the Date Safe advice this Valentine’s Day and in the future.

“If you think you have been a victim of romance fraud, please report this to Action Fraud.”

Diana Fawcett, chief officer at Victim Support, added: "These scams can be extremely sophisticated and victims should not feel ashamed or embarrassed and shouldn’t blame themselves in any way."

If you have are the victim of crime and need advice, please call Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111 or request help online

Related: Simple tips to be safer in the digital world (Photos)

Gang members who fled to Romania wanted in Ireland over boat thefts and credit card scams.
It is believed the men are leaders of an organised crime group.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!