Dateline online dating scam
*Names have been changed to protect identities En español She wrote him first. In the summer, when the trees leafed out, you couldn't even see the road or the neighbors. She'd grown up here, in a conservative pocket of Virginia. When it came to meeting new people, however, her choices were limited. The holidays were coming, and she didn't want to face them alone.A short message sent on a Thursday evening in early December 2013, under the subject line: Match? She signed up for a six-month subscription to Match.com, the largest and one of the oldest dating services on the Web.Of these victims, 203 individuals lost over £5,000.According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) romance fraud is organised crime, usually operating from outside the UK.The fact that 52% of respondents were aware of romance scams shows that progress has been made in raising awareness, but also that millions of people in the UK remain at risk of being successfully targeted by the crime groups committing this type of fraud.
Scammers' victims also suffer what is effectively a bereavement, from the loss of a relationship they believed to be genuine."This is a concern not solely because people are losing large sums of money to these criminals, but also because of the psychological impact experienced by victims of this crime."It is our view that the trauma caused by this scam is worse than any other, because of the 'double hit' experienced by the victims loss of monies and a 'romantic relationship'.It aimed to investigate the prevalence of victims in Great Britain and learn how widely the crime is known, as well as how people are learning about it.
Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting and advice centre run by the National Fraud Authority, identified 592 victims of this crime between 2010-11.It may well be, of course, that knowledge of the crime does not prevent it.