Dating fraud internet printing
[Read more: Why you should always report suspicious calls, emails and texts] The anonymity of the internet allows people to hide facets of their personality, from a relatively harmless lie about weight, to lies about financial problems and even creating a fake persona – this is called catfishing.
If you aren’t careful, you may be out of pocket and broken-hearted.
Meeting someone online is very different, you might meet someone virtually who lives in a different city or country, and because you don’t meet face to face you build a connection through emails, messages and chats.
This type of communication means you are unfortunately vulnerable to fraud.
If you are a victim of dating fraud report it to Action Fraud.
If you are a victim of blackmail or extortion, keep the evidence - take screenshots and save messages, the police may require it.
The first step is to stop communicating with the person trying to romance scam you.
Try to gather as much information as you can about the person who scammed you, such as their name, email address, any IDs used, the site they contacted you at, the kind of scam, what address they gave you to send money, the dates contact was made, any phone numbers used, the name and address the money was sent to, how much money was sent, any Western Union or banking information receipts, and their IP address.
Whether you are 20, 40 or 60, the internet has changed the way we form romantic relationships.