An increasing number of Scots are falling prey to “love scams” perpetrated on dating websites, a new report has revealed.
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has warned that people are being tricked into sending large amounts of money to potential suitors they have met online – often to “help out” ill family members invented by the scammer, or to fund a fictitious trip to meet in person.
Scams centred on dating websites are the fastest-growing type of con, followed by those related to websites pretending to be official government sites.
“Cases can often involve playing on victims’ emotions and there has been a huge rise in recent years in online ‘romance scams’,” said the report.
“These types of scams often start through legitimate online dating websites or chat rooms and a ‘relationship’ is developed between the scammer and victim to build up trust. They can be extremely convincing and citizens advice bureaux see many cases from victims of this type of crime.”
Date: 29 May 2014
Writer: Jane Bradley
Full title: Beware dating site romance scams, Scots warned
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