Victims of romance fraud are often vulnerable due to loneliness. Statistics show they are predominantly female aged between 50-59yrs old but happens to men too. Often victims refuse to believe they are a victim of fraud because of the trust and bond they have with the suspect.
The suspect targets the victim and feigns romantic intentions towards them. A period of grooming takes place, often lasting months, to gain the victims trust and form a bond. They use the nature of the relationship to start obtaining money or sensitive information from the victim. Some victims unwittingly act as money mules receiving money from other victims.
For more information please visit WWW.actionfraud.police.uk – Romance Fraud
If you think you may be a victim then please report to ACTION FRAUD via the above website or on 0300 123 2040