The second phase of the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police #Be Cyber Smart campaign has been launched today and will focus on raising awareness of romance fraud.
An increasing number of people are using the internet, both dating chat rooms and websites, to look for love. While this approach can be successful for many, there are others who do not find the love of their lives and instead become the victims of fraudsters.
The online fraudsters take advantage of the anonymity of the internet to create the ‘perfect profile’, making promises to tempt their victims into letting their defences down. They then start asking for money.