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Online Dating Scams

You sign up to an online dating service and meet someone who sounds like the perfect match. You send messages to each other for a while until the person asks for some kind of financial help.

Things the person might say before pleading for your money include:-

  • "I want to come and meet you but can't afford the flight"
  • "I have been robbed"
  • "I need urgent medical treatment"

You pay up to help your new friend - but he or she disappears, along with your cash.

Protect yourself

  • Never send money to someone you don't know, however plausible they sound.
  • Only use a reputable online dating or chat service and follow their safety tips.
  • Report any suspicions to the dating site.

Caught by this scam?

Report it online at Action Fraud or telephone 0300 123 2040.

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