British dating scams
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.
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.
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.
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.
“We get calls consistently from relatives saying they’re worried about Mum or Dad in their 70s or 80s.Leopold (not his real name), now 92, was driving into the town one day in June 2016.When he got out of his car, a man approached and told him he had hit his car and broken his wing mirror. The man suggested that Leopold shouldn’t call his insurer, since he was old and might lose his insurance.The FBI reports that in the US in 2016, it received close to 15,000 complaints of romance scams—nearly 2,500 more than the previous year, with victims losing more than 0 million.The UK’s police unit Action Fraud said more than 3,500 people lost £41 million (equivalent to million CAD) to romance scams in Britain in 2017 alone.