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Protect yourself from romance fraud

As the numbers of victims falling prey to online dating fraud increase, Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is calling on people to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime online.

Criminals who commit romance fraud trawl through profiles and piece together information such as wealth and lifestyle, in order to manipulate their victims.

Follow these top tips to keep yourself safe online:

  • Never send money to someone online you have never met
  • Think twice about posting personal information which could be used to manipulate or bribe you
  • Police can investigate and help to provide support, but often cannot get the money back
  • It is very simple for fraudsters to cover their tracks by masking IP addresses and using unregistered phone numbers

Source – Action Fraud

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