Online dating website users ‘conned out of millions’

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Online dating website users ‘conned out of millions’

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From the BBC 28 October 2015

Online dating fraudsters conned victims out of more than £33m in the last year, the UK’s national fraud centre says.

Action Fraud said 3,543 people reported falling victim to dating scams in 2014-15. It said dating sites “very rarely” vet members to prevent fraud.

Commander Chris Greany, national police lead for economic crime, said the crime was “reprehensible” and that some victims had lost “everything”. Scams included asking for travel costs or to pay medical bills, police said. Victims were often contacted through dating websites and befriended by fraudsters before requests for money were made.

The warning comes as part of a campaign to identify “common fraud myths”.  The 13-day campaign – which is being organised by Action Fraud and the City of London Police – warns that dating fraudsters are often “particularly convincing”, especially if victims already think they have been vetted by dating websites.  Commander Greany, who will be overseeing the campaign, said sums stolen in dating fraud ranged from small to “huge” amounts.

Tragic examples

Commander Greany said:

“It is a reprehensible criminal act which preys on one of the oldest human emotions, which is love. Fraud does seem to be on the increase and with dating fraud we can definitely say it has gone up in the last year.”

He added:

“Dating websites are all good and sometimes they help people find partners but people need to be circumspect about what they find. There are some very tragic examples where people have sent everything they have and now they have got nothing.”

Organisers of the campaign say the absence of checks by some dating websites can make it even easier for the fraudster to manipulate their victim.

A City of London Police spokeswoman said:

“The reality is that most dating websites allow people to sign-up to the website without vetting checks, which means that fraudsters are able to use the website to target people online and defraud them.”

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  1. Bill Bates August 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Don…you will send halfof the airfare. Then she will miraculously come up with a phoney document saying she can not leave Ghana without 4000 dollats when traveling to. 1st world nation.

  2. Jimmie January 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I have been slowly being scamed like you by someone useing the scamed of the month picture on Skype picture is of porn star going by Danielle ftv she told me she was going to school in Ghana and she was living with her uncle Abraham dorh he is the one picking up the money for her

    • Jimmie January 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      She told me her real name was Yvonne Coleman

  3. Ashley George January 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Jolie Hunter

  4. Don December 31, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    im dating a woman in Accura Ghana, we havebeen daring for a long time1 year or more she has never asked me for money however i Volunteered small amounts of cash for her. IveI’ve asked her about scammers and her respononse has Ben that she knows some of those girls but swears that she don’t do that.we plan to be married soon she is putting up one half of the airfare and I’m putting up the other half..should I be worried

    • Kk January 10, 2016 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Don please be very worried. Any online dating in Ghana is a scam. I personally come from Ghana but lives in the UK and I can personally tell you she will start asking you for money with time. If you care to know you are a dating a young man with their lady accomplice.

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