Dating scams london
Someone starts chatting with you through an online dating service and you enjoy the long chats with them and eventually become interested.But then right out of the blue they need some money – a looming personal crisis or a short term lack of funds. Online dating fraud rose by 33% last year 88% of dating fraud is online – the rest is by post, through newspapers and in person The UK public lost £34 million to “romance” fraudsters in 2014 The average reported loss is between £2000 and £3000 The average time between initial contact and the realisation that you have been conned is 6 weeks Average victim age is between 45 and 60 years old 57% of victims are female In the UK 89% of reported scams occur in Birmingham and London Here are a few of the more obvious scams that are around and some tell-tale things to look out for.The court heard that Foster first encountered the scammers at the end of 2012, through a dating website, when she began an online relationship with a man she knew as Mark Hamilton.Hamilton purported to be a businessman who had £4 million (about €4.6 million) in gold deposits in Ghana he was trying to have released from the bank.
Figures show the number of people in the UK who were defrauded via online dating scams reached a record high in 2016.Foster did not receive a custodial sentence as she had already spent a year on bail and lost more than £65,000 (about €75,000) of her own savings.The judge ordered her to pay back £3,500 (about €4,000).In 2014, these rose to 3,295 reports and £32,259,381.In 2015, the reports rose to 3,363, although reported losses fell to £25,882,339.
Maybe it’s the reason why he or she cannot meet you! But be aware that this is just the tip of the iceberg!