By Sophie Christie. Singletons sign up to online dating sites in the hope of finding love, but they are increasingly being targeted by fraudsters. Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one. They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.
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RSN has built a network of connected websites, social media, governments, and other entities that receive our reports when entered through our website. We are expanding this network constantly, and in time will provide the most complete databases of online fraud available. By reporting your Fraudsters and Scammers you are helping to alert other potential victims, since they will be able to find your report on Google and other search engines, as well as drive this data upstream to services that can use this to identify Fraudsters and Scammers on their services, such as Money Transfer Services. Even governments that receive our data can us it if they chose to investigate them and pursue criminal action. While there is no way to promise an arrest, or that you will get your money back, this is how we make a difference, the eventually can lead to vast reductions in online fraud. Each of these automatically distributes this information throughout our network and will appear of different places on the webs, such as Facebook, where it both makes it easier for victims and potential victims to identify Scammers before it is too late, or to confirm they were scammed.
Online dating scams: new tricks that fleece victims of an average '£9,589'
Love hurts, so the song goes, but it can also wreck your finances if the object of your affection proves to be a fake. Organised gangs of scammers, using both humans and robots, are ruthlessly targeting people through online dating services to steal money and identities. As the number of victims rises, follow our guide to fend off internet love cheats. The average time it takes for someone to start sending money to a fraudster is 30 days.
It's a cruel category of fraud, where scammers prey on vulnerable people on dating sites by using fake profiles and fake stories. They begin grooming victims over emails and phone calls before asking for personal information or in the worst case scenario - money. On average, Action Fraud received 10 reports a day from victims of romance scammers, with 18 percent of them being left at risk of bankruptcy. But you can't always get your money back if you report it to the police because the scammers are often from abroad or ask for victims to send money via bank transfer. The forum's been running since and Wayne claims their website is visited by around 9, people from all over the world every day.