Do you know who you’re talking to online?

Romance fraud, or dating fraud, occurs when you think you’ve met the perfect partner online but they are using a fake profile to form a relationship with you.

They gain your trust over a number of weeks or months and have you believe you are in a loving and caring relationship.

Conversations can also turn sexual within a short period of time with fraudsters suggesting webcams are turned on as well.

However, the criminal’s end goal is only ever to get your money or personal information which can then be used to blackmail victims.

Never send money or share personal details with anyone you meet online, no matter what reason they give you or how long you have been speaking to them.

To make a confidential report of romance fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
For more information on how to protect yourself against romance fraudsters, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk