Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money

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Mature dating apps are coming of age This case is more unusual than regular romance scams, as the victim was a young man, but it has all the hallmarks of a classic fraud. Many operate via dating services or social media, when the fraudster adopts a fake persona or picture, known as catfishing. Katy Worobec, managing director of economic crime at UK Finance, said: Romance scams can be emotionally and financially damaging for victims. The popularity of online dating services has made it easier for criminals to target victims, so we urge everyone to be cautious this Valentine's. A temporary agreement is in place between a number of banks to ensure people receive refunds, but that has only been extended until the end of March. Online safety advice Image source, Thinkstock Criminals who commit romance fraud trawl through profiles and piece together information such as wealth and lifestyle, in order to manipulate their victims 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 Never send money to someone online you have never met Think twice about posting personal information that could be used to manipulate or bribe you.

Cheat is a ghastly game, Yet, played by many all the same. Our hearts were blind to their absorbed. Our trust in others now is spent. We have all heard altered versions of how a well-educated, acceptable member of the community was by hook or by crook duped into sending large quantities of money to a complete stranger. At time the person in the story has even lost their entire life savings.