Norfolk is where you are most likely to be hit by an online dating scam, according to a new report. Consumer analysts Which? While online dating may have made meeting people easier, it has also paved the way for fraudsters. Often the scammers create fake profiles and pretend to be a love interests before gaining their victim's trust so they reveal personal information which they can then use to steal from them. Dating fraud was not the only time of scam which hit the county disproportionately, Norfolk also had the highest rates of lottery scams — where people are duped into entering a fake lottery. It was not just Norfolk which was a hotbed for scamming.
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Internet romance scams: 'I realise I was being groomed' - BBC News
A dating scam using details about the Avalon Mall parking garage construction continues to defraud women online. Women in England scammed by man claiming to need help completing Avalon Mall parking garage in St. A person or group posing as a man named Charles Wilhelmsen on dating websites told women he was a contractor working on the Avalon Mall parking garage. Marco Group is completing the parking garage project and said there is no such contractor working on any of their projects. In July, two women contacted The Telegram to find out if the man was telling the truth. They got in touch because he had sent them both a link to a Telegram article about the construction to show them the work he was supposedly doing.
How A Billion-Dollar Internet Scam Is Breaking Hearts And Bank Accounts
It's a cruel category of fraud, where scammers prey on vulnerable people on dating sites by using fake profiles and fake stories. They begin grooming victims over emails and phone calls before asking for personal information or in the worst case scenario - money. On average, Action Fraud received 10 reports a day from victims of romance scammers, with 18 percent of them being left at risk of bankruptcy. But you can't always get your money back if you report it to the police because the scammers are often from abroad or ask for victims to send money via bank transfer.
ConsumerAffairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs. You already know to be wary whenever you go online, so you don't fall prey to the various types of scammers, thieves, con artists, hackers, malware-writers and other threats that proliferate on the Internet. And if you're looking for love in an online dating site you must be extra-careful, because looking for love already leaves you emotionally vulnerable, but you can't let that vulnerability bleed over into other realms as well. More than 90 percent of the potential dates on Match.