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Romance fraud

Dear resident 

As we embrace the season of love with Valentine's Day around the corner, let's also be vigilant against the rising threat of romance fraud.  Scammers often exploit the emotions associated with love to deceive and manipulate.

Don't let a charming profile fool you - Be cautious when connecting with new people online and never share personal or financial information with strangers.  ❌

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1️⃣  Avoid Sending Money: Be cautious about giving money to someone you've only met online, even if they have a sob story.
2️⃣ Verify Profiles: Look out for incomplete profiles or suspicious photos. Genuine users are more likely to have complete profiles.
3️⃣ Video Calls: Before meeting someone in person, try to have a video call to ensure they're who they claim to be.
4️⃣ Tell Someone: Always let a friend or family member know where you're going and who you're meeting.
5️⃣ Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter a suspicious profile or suspect fraudulent behaviour, report it to the app and authorities.

Remember, if something feels off, it probably is. Don't ignore your gut feeling.

If you believe you’re caught in a scam, contact your bank immediately on a number you know to be correct, such as the one listed on your statement, their website or on the back of your debit or credit card.

Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website ➡️  https://orlo.uk/FDFwn 

For advice and further information, visit our website ➡️  https://orlo.uk/VEgHz 

Kind regards 

PCSO Katy Balaam 


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Katy Balaam
(Police, Senior Police Community Support Officer, South Telford)

Neighbourhood Alert Cyber Essentials