This Valentine’s Day, UK Finance are telling Brits to be wary of ‘romance fraud’ – which is scamming someone out of money by pretending to want a relationship.
Figures show there was a 20% increase in bank transfer fraud linked to romance scams, in 2020. £68m was lost to this last year and it has been on the rise during lockdown.
Organisations advise online daters not to transfer the other person money, or take loans on their behalf. They should also not hand over personal documents, or receive/send parcels for the other person.
To avoid ‘romance fraud’, online daters are being told to perform reverse image searches, to check if they are being catfished with fake pictures. One should also contact their bank immediately if they suspect they’ve been scammed.
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