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People looking for love online are being urged to do a search of phrases in the messages they receive to help them spot sweet-talking conmen. A new UK campaign, starting on Sunday, aims to raise awareness about the growing problem of online dating fraud. The campaign, Date Safe, suggests criminals are using love letter templates and an online search could flag up some of the stock phrases. The new report, published by the City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, also reveals that on average, money is transferred within 30 days of initial contact with the perpetrator.
In a dating scam, criminals pose as potential matches and contact people seeking romance on dating platforms - then, after a period of correspondence and sometimes also phone contact, they start asking for money using various excuses. The police report, which analysed data from the Action Fraud helpline, estimated that in the UK a victim files a report about dating scams every three hours.
It also said that people admitted they had been a victim of a dating scam more than once. David from Norfolk, who is in his 50s, was a victim of dating fraud five years ago. He was contacted by somebody who assumed the online identity of an old friend. It took him three years to get his finances reorganised and he is still concerned about his credit rating.
I didn't go out, I didn't trust people on the phone, on my laptop, I cut everybody off. David had help from independent charity Victim Support which he says saved his life.
He no longer uses dating sites and has taken up ballroom dancing instead. People are also advised to talk to friends and family about those they are in touch with online. Criminals can purchase scam "packs" containing love letter templates, photos, videos and false identities for as little as a few dollars on the dark web, said Prof Alan Woodward, cybersecurity expert at Surrey University. Online dating fraud reaches record high. Man who faked age at school jailed. Man 'blackmailed women with sex videos'. Repeat victims.
David: "She knew so much". Dating scam 'packs'.
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