Men are more than twice as likely to end up the victims of online romance scams than women, new research has found. Romance fraud , the act of approaching unsuspecting people looking for love on dating websites or apps with the aim of tricking them out of either money or enough personal information to steal their identity, has risen significantly while the UK has been in lockdown. More than one in 10 11 per cent of men have fallen victim to romance scams online, compared to five per cent of women, according to research from security firm Tessian. An additional 24 per cent had been targeted over email, while one in five had been scammed via dating apps. Another 14 per cent had been taken advantage of through text messages or over WhatsApp. More time spent online during the pandemic resulted in a 20 per cent rise in bank transfer fraud linked to romance scams during compared to the previous year, according to UK Finance, the trade association for the banking sector.
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Romantics should be on their guard against internet dating scams that can not only rip you off financially but also break your heart. The latest scam alert from the Office of Fair Trading warns that the increased potential to meet people online is being used by criminals to con people out of their money. They create fictitious online profiles and send out unsolicited emails or letters, often with fake photographs, using the trust they build up to persuade their victims to part with large sums of money in frauds that can go on for years. These typically involve the scamster telling their victim they want to meet them but are stranded without the money to travel or cover visa costs.
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Last Updated: April 24, References Tested. This article was co-authored by Maya Diamond, MA. She has 11 years of experience helping singles stuck in frustrating dating patterns find internal security, heal their past, and create healthy, loving, and lasting partnerships. The wikiHow Tech Team also followed the article's instructions and verified that they work. This article has been viewed 1,, times.
The shift from basic fraud to money laundering is a significant worry for U. And, to state the obvious, this is likely the tip of the iceberg. For every reported incident there will be others where victims don't come forward.