#datesafeThe latest figures published by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show a 32% increase in reports of dating fraud over a two year period from January 2013 to January 2015.
On average, victims of dating fraud will first transfer money to the fraudster in less than one month (30 days) of contact, and will lose £10,000.
Between 2015 and 2016, nearly £40 million was lost through dating fraud, with 3,889 reports made in total. Almost half (45%) of victims who spoke about the impact of dating fraud said the crime had a ‘significant’ impact on their health or financial wellbeing.
The Online Dating Association is working in partnership with City of London Police, London Metropolitan Police (FALCON), Victim Support, Age UK, and Get Safe Online to better understand how fraudsters operate, look at how to share effective safety messages and to reduce the number of victims.
The partnership has come up with five simple #datesafe tips to help people date safely online:
- Get to know the person, not the profile and ask plenty of questions — don’t rush into an online relationship.
- Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.
- Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices. Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
- Never send money to someone you’ve met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you've been speaking to them.
- Don’t move the conversation off the dating site messenger until you’re confident the person is who they say they are.
Millions of people have found their partners through online dating but if you think you suspect fraudulent behaviour, please always report it to the dating provider as well as the Police; that way we can make it even safer for all users."
For more advice on how to #datesafe visit: http://www.onlinedatingassociation.org.uk/date-safe/