PCC John Campion talks to West Mercia Police Cyber Protect Officer James Squire about the alarming increase in romance fraud, not only across the UK but also in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
Romance fraud has increased this year, as more people spend time at home and online as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. The average loss a person experiences due to romance fraud is £15,000, leaving the victim with significant financial loss as well as the emotional loss of the relationship they thought they had.
James explains how to look out for the signs that you are talking to someone that might have dishonourable intentions, and what to do if you have been a victim of romance fraud.
You can find out more on the Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/dating-fraud