Looking for love, falling for fraud. Watch a victim share her experience in a new film.
Key advice to avoid romance fraud
● Never send money to someone you’ve met online;
● Never transfer money on someone else’s behalf;
● Money laundering is a crime;
● Be careful with what information or images you share online.
For more advice, visit the national Action Fraud website:
Victims or anyone who knows a victim of romance fraud can phone Hampshire Constabulary on 101, quoting Operation Signature.
Victims with hearing loss can phone via Mini-com on 18001 101 or send a text message to 07781 480999.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Reports can also be made to Action Fraud by phoning 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
Strengthening the support and service to fraud victims
Hampshire Constabulary crime prevention advisor Sarah Cohen said: “We’re proud of ‘Jenny’ for her courage and decision in wanting to protect others by talking about these distressing events and their effects on life. The consequences of romance and online dating fraud can be emotionally destructive because offenders prey upon a victim’s deepest desires and longing for love. Police are committed to giving support to victims of fraud, and strengthening awareness of the sophisticated and callous tactics used by criminals. Hampshire Constabulary has introduced Operation Signature over the past year to help protect vulnerable victims of fraud. I’m encouraging as many people as possible to watch and listen to this film. The real experiences of victims such as ‘Jenny’ have a powerful positive impact on people’s attitudes towards being safer online when looking for love.”
New national multi-agency partnership
Please visit the City of London Police website for more details about a multi-agency partnership created to work with the Online Dating Association to reduce the number of people who fall victim to dating fraud: https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/advice-and-support/fraud-and-economic-crime/nfib/nfib-news/Pages/One-victim-reports-dating-fraud-every-three-hours-according-to-the-latest-national-figures-from-City-of-London-Police.aspx