Jane Wakefield from In both 2019 and 2020, the amount of money lost to romance fraud outstripped that stolen by online shopping fraud, according to Action Fraud, which is the main reporting body in the UK.
In 2020, online shopping and auction fraud accounted for £63m compared to £68m for dating scams.”The national lockdowns, and other restrictions on our social lives, implemented because of the coronavirus outbreak, have meant more people have been seeking companionship online and this has undoubtedly affected the number of reports we have seen,” said Pauline Smith, head of Action Fraud.
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