Dating Scams (5718_15)

Request

a) How many people have reported being defrauded out of money through accessing dating websites or apps over the last three years (2014,2013,2012).

b) The number of people who were actually convicted for defrauding someone out of money through a dating website or app.

c) How much money has been stolen through people being conned out of money using a dating website or

Response

Action Fraud is the national central responsible for receiving recording and disseminating reports of fraud and cyber-crimes. If an online crime is reported to West Midlands Police, it is likely that the complainant will be directed to Action Fraud who will record, assess and pass on reports to the relevant police forces. The majority of these reports are not passed back to West Midlands Police, so the data held by Action Fraud is a more reliable indicator of the level of reported crime.

Action Fraud website is:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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