British dating scams
They promise to help if the victim entrusts them with their bank details.“It’s well organized,” says Peter Depuydt, project manager for fraud at Europol.People are also living longer, many with conditions such as cognitive decline.“We get calls consistently from relatives saying they’re worried about Mum or Dad in their 70s or 80s.Such figures are likely the tip of the iceberg, since romance scams not only empty bank accounts—they also bring a lasting sense of shame.But romance scams aren’t the only way that networks of fraudsters worldwide increasingly target older people, according to Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency.Where was the man from the photographs—grey-haired, handsome, with a shy smile? “I had to call my daughter and say: ‘I think I’ve made a big mistake,’ ” she says.Lis’s romance began on popular Danish site, dating.dk, shortly after she retired back in 2013.
Crime statistics show complaints of romance scams rising as much as 20 per cent in a year in some countries such as in the U. where the FBI reports that that most victims are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed and/or disabled.In Sweden, the UK and Belgium, police recently warned of a hoax where a scammer calls a victim pretending to be a detective.The “cop” tells them that scammer have accessed their bank account.But, he adds: “We believe the number’s rising, because elders are such easy targets.” British police unit Action Fraud reported that more than 92,000 scam complaints between October 2016 and September 2017 came from people age 50 and over—making up 55 per cent of victims.In North Rhine Westphalia, the most populous region of Germany, police said they dealt with 1,250 cases of fraud in 2016 that cheated elderly people of eight million euros in total—and by August last year, the figure for 2017 was already higher than that. alone the government’s National Trading Standards office (that protects consumers and businesses from crime) has identified 300,000 targets’ names since 2012.